Today was my girls’ first day of school. But it’s not just their first day for this school year, but their first day ever. They’ve been homeschooled until now, but with the separation and me looking for work, they needed to go to school this year. It was a very difficult decision to make, and one that has been the cause of much anxiety and much excitement for our family.
My parents were nice enough to take the girls school supply shopping one at a time. (I’m amazed at these lists – they’re so long! I know we never had to bring that much in when I was a kid.) When BG was out shopping, they ran into a friend I’ve known since preschool. She was shopping with her daughter, and when BG said she was going “back to school shopping”, my friend said, “but it’s ‘to school shopping’, since you’ve never been before!” We’ve been giggling about that – yes, today was “to school day”, not back to school day!
Yesterday’s Labor Day labor was to pack up the backpacks with all the stuff from the list of school supplies given by their teachers, lay out clothes for the first day, pack lunches, and generally get ready. Plus the older two needed to finish their summer reading, BG had to write a short book review, and both MG and LG wanted their hair in rollers so they’d have a curl. Finally, they needed to calm down enough to sleep. Phew!
This morning I woke up a few minutes later than I had planned (someone turned the volume off on my alarm clock!), so the girls were dressed when I walked up to get their breakfasts ready. After breakfast they got washed up, and then it was time to go!
Quick hugs and kisses with the older girls, and their Vovo took them to their schools. Why yes, they do start at the same time, and they are about 5 min apart… Everyone can be in two places at once, right? Well, I needed to be in 3 places at once, because LG’s school starts 5 min after BG & MG. I wonder how people do the first day with only 1 parent. Amelia’s school is across the street, so I can easily walk her over. Her teacher is lovely, and is fine with parents being in class for the first 15 min, but when the music starts, it’s time for parents to go.
The older girls quickly found friends they knew from other places, and LG was feeling OK about school when I left. I’m very curious what their reactions will be this afternoon when they are dismissed! Right now, I’m worried about them. I am certain they will be fine in time, but I worry about how long it will take for them to be comfortable being themselves in class.
I’ve been battling with a bug that’s had me dizzy, nauseated, headachy, and with a low grade fever. So, today is resting, recuperating, & resumé reworking day. There’s been a lot of excitement lately, so here’s hoping for a very peaceful day!