Today we registered for kindergarten. Here is Addison before we left. She was all smiles!
Our elementary school is brand new and not completed just yet. So we registered at the high school next door. We drove around to the back and saw other moms and little ones walking in. As I turned off the car, I took a deep breath so I didn’t think about what I was doing. Yes, this is such an exciting time. But Addison is my baby and I am getting ready to begin the process of letting her go. Sniff, Sniff, Sniff. I held it together and proceeded to go inside with the girls. Teenagers were coming out of the doors as we approached and I heard one say, “D____! There are lots of little people out here.” Are you serious? Did I just hear cussing as I am bringing in my baby to sign up for school?? Then I saw a pregnant teenage girl. This was almost too much to bear. Fear began creeping into the momma and I was ready to attempt homeschooling! But I realized that we had MANY years until high school and prayerfully my sweet child will know that cussing and sex are NOT ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIORS!!!
On we go to fill out paperwork. Copies of important forms were made and I went to stand in line for our name. I found myself reciting the alphabet to make sure we were standing in the correct line. Our letters were K-Q (where exactly is L in the alphabet??) As we are waiting, Addison leans over and says with a pitiful look on her face, “I don’t want to go to kindergarten.” Oh, no. Fear is creeping in Addison. I tell her that we are not going to kindergarten today and that seemed to suffice.
Then we met the principal, Mrs. Cash. I introduced myself and Addison. She shook Addison’s hand and Addison just sort of gave her a blank stare. Nice. Then Mrs. Cash looked at Ava Jane (who cocked her head to the side and gave a cutsie wave with her hand up by her face). Immediately Mrs. Cash said, “She’s a hand full.” How could she tell in just 2 seconds? It was the wave, the smirky smile and the cocked head. Mrs. Cash has seen that type child too many times in her years as a principal. I informed her that she had a whole other year before Ava Jane came her way. 🙂
We ended the morning at the new Streets of Indian Lake. We ran into a store for a couple of things and then to Barnes and Noble for the kids to enjoy the books. Which they did. As we left, we saw the new fountains in the middle of the nice grassy common area. We also saw our friend Jack, who had been sick earlier in the week. So, we went over to say hello and to look at the fun shooting water from the ground. You can see where this is going. The kids get ever so close to the water as I am telling them repeatedly to stay away from the water. Jack asks to take his shoes off (as do my kids) and then they are all bare-footed. What started as wet toes, led to wet feet, wet shorts, wet shirts and even wet hair. Yes, by the end, all three kids were merrily dancing through the fountains of spraying water laughing and having a great time. The hair-bows saved me from looking like I had a couple of drowned rats for kids. You know my theory. . . hair-bows make EVERYTHING cuter! My friend, Julie, and I were laughing so hysterically both at the kids and at the fact that normally neither of us would ever allow our children to do this. . . but today it somehow was a moment in time that we all enjoyed. The smiles and laughter amidst the sopping wet little bodies was priceless! And I am glad that Julie was there to help me see the humor in it. I actually enjoyed myself. I didn’t stress over my kids not acting like miniature adults, Instead, I enjoyed letting them be kids! What a lot of fun we had.
What’s the last thing you let your kids do and enjoyed just watching them be kids?