Today was Lily’s first day of kindergarten, and it went well enough. We are lucky enough to be in a district that is still half-day. Many of the districts around us have switched to all-day every-other-day and it’s sort of a disaster in daycare/child exhaustion/consistency. I prefer half-day every day over that. I think full-day kindergarten can be rough for kids who are so little.
There were a couple of mishaps today, though. The bus Lily came home on arrived at our house more than 30 minutes late. I figured the bus would be 15 minutes late because of the new routine, but 30 minutes induced some panic, especially because Lily was the ONLY student from our neighborhood coming home at lunch time. I had no other parents there to keep me calm, panicked or entertained. I was stuck outside in the scorching heat without our school’s phone number (my cell phone is not of the smart variety). I’d left Violet napping in the house and I was terrified she’d wake up. I had the baby monitor, but what if she woke up? What if I missed the bus by going inside to get Violet? They don’t let kindergartners off the bus without a parent present to pick them up. What if this bus never came! What if Lily never got on the bus?
Rose was getting very antsy, especially because we went out to the bus stop 10 minutes early. All told we were outside waiting for at least 40 minutes. I sent Rose back to our house to play with chalk in the driveway, but she kept disappearing into the garage. What if my distraction over this bus meant I missed seeing Rose get abducted from across the street? I felt like I was out of control of all three of my children! None of them were even on the same side of the street as me!
But Lily eventually did come home. And the bus ride should theoretically be much shorter tomorrow.
Poor Lily did not escape kindergarten unscathed though. I got my first incident report! Apparently while loading her bookbag to come home, Lily poked herself in the eye with a folder! She got herself really good too. Her eyeball looks ok, but all the skin around her eye is swollen and red. She might have a shiner tomorrow!
She handled her day great until at bedtime when I almost poked her in the OTHER eye with a book. I laughed and said, “Oh my gosh! I almost got your other eye! That would have been a disaster! What would you do with two poked eyes?!” and she burst into tears. Oops.
Aside from the probable poked eye tears at school, those were are only tears of the first day of kindergarten. After three years of every day half-day preschool, having Lily go to kindergarten isn’t really all that different. I didn’t get emotional about it at all. Maybe I’m missing some parenting chip, but we knew it was coming and it was time. Everything will be ok as long as we keep her away from all those dangerous folders out there.