Monday, May 3, 2010

Kindergarten?

I really am perfectly accustomed to the idea of one of my children leaving my home most days to go to school. She loves it, she does very well, and she always gets rave reviews from her teachers. However, going to Kindergarten Roundup last week with my second child nearly threw me for a loop. Can I really have two children old enough to go to school? Naomi assures me that I can.

We arrived at the school and found ourselves presented with a beautiful folder, decorated by this year's kindergarteners and full of useful information for next year. We met the kindergarten teachers, including Olivia's teacher from last year (who remembered Mimi's name--made her day!) and listened to the principal talk about how the whole process works. That was exciting enough.

But then we got to go do something EVEN MORE EXCITING. . . .

. . . ride a bus. A SCHOOL bus. Around the whole neighborhood. Not Olivia's bus (Naomi has that number memorized), which was the tiniest bit disappointing, but a REAL bus, with a REAL bus driver.

Can you tell that Mimi loved it? (And that John was post call and exhausted? That's his stripy back leaning forward.)

Let's face it. My kids are going to grow up. Is anyone else struggling as much with this information as I am?

10 comments:

Sara said...

How is it possible? Where did the babies go?

Brian and Martha said...

I don't have any problem with your kids growing up. It is mine that trouble me... ha ha ha... but when I am sad, I think having them grow up is far better than the alternative.

Mike and Kelly said...

It is hard to admit that you have kids old enough to go to school all day. Heavens... we are not THAT old. But believe you me, it is delightful to have 8 whole hours of not entertaining the ones that are at school... that is priceless.

Lyle said...

So, will Mimi go full day or half day? Inquiring minds want to know.

Jonas said...

I doubt I struggle with it as much as you, but I do struggle with it. Therefore, I think that you should put your foot down and refuse to allow them to grow up. At first, this may seem like it impossible and defies the law of nature, but I am optimistic that with a little grit and a lot of work you can "the babies" to remain babies forever. There may be some unfortunate byproducts of this decision-raising toddlers in your 70's, but I think in the end the good far outweighs the bad.

The Busy Butler Family said...

I'm still having issues with the fact that our FIRST will be away all day. I have a hard enough time with her being at preschool! What a fun round-up, though! We didn't get to ride the bus at ours, dangit!

Renae said...

What a great idea for upcoming Kindergarteners! Ours was not so much a fanfare. I'm a bit overwhelmed by my first starting school. Mimi is clearly excited!! The teacher sounds awesome too. I hope, I hope ours will be good!

adventure knitter said...

I'm sure I'll be feeling the same way in a year when Mia starts kindergarten. But right now I'm a little disappointed that she isn't going to be going to pre-k next year....at least I don't think she will be...

Erin Pyne said...

Jaden went camping with Jeremy tonight. They've been gone for 43 minutes and 15 seconds. I'm lost. What do I do with myself now?

Mags said...

Hooray for mimi! she really looks like a nielson and i know i say that every time you post about her, but for reals!!