Oh. Look! There he is.
First day of “real” preschool. Ready to face the world.
Ready to make more friends. Ready to color inside the lines…… ready to LEAVE ME!!!!!
Oh. God. School sucks.
You would think after sending two others down this same path, I would be better with it.
Actually, I think BECAUSE of that, I am NOT better with it.
Look, right now, this kid love ME the most. It all starts and ends with me. Me and him. Us. I mean, yes, I also have this bond with the baby….because like him, she doesn’t know any better. But the older ones, it’s over for me with them. And if I had to pinpoint a time that the separation started…… it was when they started that damn school. Now, well, they laugh at me. Usually, behind my back. But sometimes to my face.
They know…. and he will soon know…. that Mommy doesn’t really control the world.
And that is the beginning of the end.
I just want more TIME! And it’s crazy because after starting him in this school, my husband and I are panicked that he is already “behind” because we heard about a girl his age already reading at a first grade level. His class will be assessed this month and then the teacher will let us know how he falls within that class at conferences. I feel like I need to cram with him, all the while wanting to keep him home to myself and damn those stupid letters and numbers!
He will make friends. he will color inside the lines. He will leave me.
Never again will I be the beginning and the end for him. Sure, it won’t happen in a day. But it will START to happen, and then continue, snowballing with each grade level. He will question me…..question ME!! Can you even imagine? And just because I tell him something, he soon won’t automatically believe it. He will start to doubt me, and think maybe I don’t know everything. He may even talk about me. Actually complain about me to his friends. Laugh at me too…..
But today, he’s still mine. And I looked into those big eyes, as he talked all excitedly about his day…. and I could not help but smile at his happiness. And then smile 5 minutes later as he passed out in the car, exhausted from his new experience.
He is mine. My special boy, my preschooler, no one will ever love him more.
And if he likes his teacher too much, she will be punched.
kidding. kind of.