Ahhh, the first day of school. Or rather, the first half day of kindergarten.
I’m still working on understanding why the first day is only a half day (or an hour in the case of preschool). The wee ones have been in daycare all day long forever, and it’s more confusing to the kids I know to only go for a short time than it would be go just get the regular schedule started.
Then again, maybe I’m more concerned about my own convenience and not wanting to have to find something to do for only twenty minutes before I have to turn around and collect the wee ones again.
Regardless, Mister Man is officially a kindergartner. And he loved it. And he had a good day. Phew!
Boo to whoever broke my unspoken deal that the first day of school will be nice and sunny so we can take our outdoor first day of school photos. I’m filing an official complaint about the deluge today.
I do love the start of the school year, and I know I’m not alone. There are some pretty common reasons why we, as parents, look forward to this, but it’s still fun to review them. So without further ado:
My Top Five Best Things About The First Day Of School
5. Oh finally, we’re in a routine again. Finally. We aren’t up too late, waking up early, eating lunch at odd times, missing needed naps, and the whining and general crankiness that results from being out of rhythm and routine. And I’m only mostly talking about the wee ones here.
4. This means that the horrible hot and sticky days of August are almost over. Ok, except this year when we really haven’t had much of that whole hot and humid August thing. I wore jeans today. And it’s not the first time that I’ve had to. I love fall though, and summer weather and I … not so good of friends.
3. There is just so much potential that is there to be realized with this upcoming school year. The bright shining faces and excitement of the wee ones is contagious. I look back to see all that they did and accomplished the previous year, and I try to imagine what they’ll look like at the end of this school year. Granted, much of what I imagine comes crashing down upon me as reality sets in, but I can pretend on this first day, right?
2. I finally have some me time. Or at least I do this year. Last year, I was stupid. S.T.U.P.I.D. I was worried that the wee ones on the bus at the same time would be — how did I phrase it to the school again? Oh yes — “just a little too much togetherness for them.” And so I requested that Mister Man be moved to the afternoon. So every day, I had a wee one with me. I had zero time just to me. This year, Mister Man is all day, and Little Miss is in the mornings, so I have a lot of time (ok, except when I’m working) to get things done. And to take time for me. And I know I’m not alone in this one!
And the Number One Best Thing About The First Day Of School?
I have more friends. More moms who are going through the same thing I am and who don’t look at me like I’m insane when panicking over having to find a second lunchbox to send snack in (seriously, SERIOUSLY I need to go buy a second lunchbox? *sigh*) or labeling each individual crayon because that’s what our teacher asked us to do. And ohhh the potential for playdates just went up. With kids who are on the same schedule as us. I’m already eyeing up a little boy who loves dinosaurs nearly as much as Mister Man does.
And now? I’m off to go pack tomorrow’s snack, lunch, fill two water bottles, and set out the school uniform before I collapse into bed. How’s your transition to school going?