Its a bit after 10am..Thomas has been in school for almost 2hrs now!
We both did fine this morning! I cried when I got back to my car (and a little while I walked him to his classroom..I saw my friend Mary crying walking out of school ~ that started my tears!).
Thomas put his lunch in his cubby, his bookbag on the hook and sat in his chair to start coloring (his absolute favorite thing to do)! I took one more picture, gave him a kiss, chatted w/his teacher for a minute and than left. As I walked out I picked up a poem that his teacher had left for the parents (next to a box of tissue)...I will share the poem (but change the "her" to "him")
He started school this morning
And he seemed so very small
As I walked there beside him
in the Kindergarten hall
And as he took his place beside
the others in the class,
I realized how all too soon
Those first few years can pass.
Remembering, I saw him as
He first learned how to walk.
The words that we alone made out
When he began to talk
This little boy so much absorbed
In learning how to write.
It seems as though he must have grown
To boyhood overnight
My eyes were blurred by hastily
I brushed the tears away
Lest by some word or sign of mine
I mar his first big day.
Oh how I longed to stay with him
And keep him by the hand
To lead him through the places
that he couldn't understand
And something closely kin to fear
Was mingled with my pride
I knew he would no longer be
A baby by my side
But he must have his chance to live,
To work his problems out,
The privilege to grow and learn
What life is all about.
And I must share my little boy
With friends and work and play;
He's not a baby anymore-
He's in Kindergarten today!