First Day of School: Kindergarten

Hello kindergarten! After a summer that already felt like it would never end, followed by a two-week delay on our particular school’s opening (some Houston kids have to wait even longer…) I was ready for the first day of school! Well, in my mind I was ready. In reality, despite a 5:45am alarm and a pretty efficient morning, I was snappy and anxious about getting to school on time and remembering all the things. And by the time we got into the car 14 minutes after I’d planned and it wouldn’t start I was downright frazzled. And then Allen Parkway was closed and I was sure I’d need to just leave my car and run my child through the school doors. And then a MOVING TRUCK perfectly blocked me from being able to park my car in usually fail-safe/uncrowded area of parking. And I put my car in park, turned on my hazards, and practically threw my five-year-old onto the sidewalk and told her she’d have to get started walking to school on her own. But then a barely penetrable space opened up and I rammed through and bonked a garbage can and grabbed her backpack and nap mat and power walked her past the doting parents taking photos, right through the crowded front doors and on to her classroom. Without a hug, or barely a good-bye. And then I walked right back to the car to haul the class snacks back to the room. And I took a moment to actually pause and give her a hug. And she was already beaming. The glow of kindergarten had already descended up on her sweet face.

This afternoon I’ll let her stay and play, and tomorrow I’ll give her the epic, early-to-school, unhurried morning she deserves. For now, I already saw her delight and got an report that she was having fun on the playground. And she got to school on time, with a lunch, and nap mat, and snacks for the whole class, and show-and-tell, wearing her new favorite shirt. It’s more imperfect than I imagined, but I’ll take our start to kindergarten.

Leila Love

“I’m thinking about a picture of all. Like colored leaves! Like what I think is the REAL fall!”

Leila: “Look that baby’s sleeping in a cage.” Mommy: “That’s a crib.”

At a store, “I wonder why they have Halloween stuff on. It’s funny because it’s not even close.”

“I did a magic show. But I didn’t show. I telled it!”

Discussing the different piano keys, “There’s a medium one that can play medium. A dark one that can play scary, loud music. And a soft one.”

While dancing around the silent living room, “I have the music in my head.”

Leila Love

Discussing the putt-putt course she played in Hawaii, “It was the most challenging golf.”

“It’s not weird if you wear shorts and not shirt. It’s weird if you wear pants and not shirt.”

“Mommy, why is it just talking? It’s not like a real movie.” (In reference to what movie, I have no idea.)

Leila: “Are we washing my hair tonight?” Mommy: “No.” Leila: “But can I do air conditioning?” Mommy: “Air conditioning?” Leila: “Oh, I meant conditioner.”

Referring to a struggling competitor in The Great British Baking Show, “I wonder why he’s still in it.”

“I could smell it too. It was yuck.”

“No, not friends! Sisters! Because if we’re friends we have to live in a different house! If we’re sisters we live in the same house.”

“Daddy said we are going to buy one thing at the sports store and then when we got there he was like, ‘Oooh, look at that, oooh, look at that, oooh look at that.’”