I was a mess this morning. Today, we sent our oldest son to Kindergarten. I knew the tears were coming…I held it together (mostly) until we got out of Ty’s room and then couldn’t see through the tears to walk out…I am still a little weepy looking at the photos of my big boy.
We got to meet Ty’s teacher, Ms. Kopycinski (Ms. K to the kids) last Thursday and that’s when I realized how affected I was over my boy growing up. He has been in day care or preschool since he was 3 months old, so I was surprised at the flood of emotions I was feeling over the whole thing. It’s not like I did not know this day was coming! I have been READY for him to get to big school for a long time and then WHAM it hits me and I literally had a little panic attack right before we got to the school. I honestly thought I was going to throw up before we got there…so anxious!
Then he met his teacher and while he played, wegot to visit one-on-one with her. We found out that she commutes an hour each way to get to Quail Valley Elementary (dedication!). She has been teaching Kindergarten there for 6 years and she has 11 and 2 year old boys at home. Their class was made up of 9 boys and 5 girls so far (which is tiny for a public school) and everyone seemed really nice. The principal is fantastic and we know in our hearts that this is the right school for our boy. We got home and Ty told to me “Quail Valley Elementary has VERY nice teachers!”
Ms. K was nice enough to call Ty last night and tell him she is looking forward to having him in the class. Ty’s grin was HUGE after hearing her message. Ty was excited and READY to go to Kindergarten all weekend but then he had a nightmare early this morning, ended up in our bed which has NEVER happened before, and I could hear him grinding his teeth…even after putting a pillow between our heads, I couldn’t sleep well. Not a very good way to start the first day of school!
Mark, Lily and I got to walk Ty into school today and right when we got to the building Ty said, “I think I am a little nervous”. Um, me too, kid. The school had bubble machines blowing and fun music everywhere making the atmosphere really festive. Good stuff.
However, his class was silent when we went in. Bizarre…I am so used to the hustle and bustle of preschool and everyone in there was just petrified. No other way to describe it. Ms. K was wonderful and welcoming and even let Ty keep Bunny (his lovey, pictured above) with him just for today.
We hugged our boy, a lot, gave him some kisses, took some pictures and told him to have a great day. Then I walked out of the door and lost it…cried some big boo-hoo tears. Surprisingly, the tears were quick to subside. It must be because I am confident that Ty is having an amazing day and that he is going to have a marvelous year discovering the joy of learning.
And on a side note, I have only emailed the teacher once so far today…don’t yell at me…I volunteered to be room mom and to tell her thank you for so warm and friendly to all of us.