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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wordless{ish} Wednesday - First Day of Preschool

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Today was Little J's first day of preschool.  He was so excited leading up to this day.  We've been talking about it for months, but when the time came he started to get quiet.

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He was looking off in the distance and not saying a word.  It was an early morning and I was rushing around to get us all ready.  Too bad I didn't have time to be gentle with him this morning because he probably could have used some calm, quiet time.

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I got the kids in the car, backpacks and all, and drove the two minutes to the community center.  We got inside and it was crazy.  Kids and parents everywhere, in a narrow space, with boots and coats and backpacks flying.  I managed to get Little J out of his winter gear while keeping tabs on Little K.  And that was it - I handed him off to one of the two teachers and left with my little girl.

I stood in the parking lot, a little stunned, but optimistic.  Thankfully I was able to spend the time before pick up at a friend's house, distracted.

Before I knew it it was almost 11.  We raced back and as soon as I saw Little J my heart broke.  He was standing with my friend JH and her son Little C.  He was suited up, ready to go, with a snot-stained face and red eyes.  JH said he had cried but was fine.

Both teachers talked to me about how Little J had cried and whimpered on and off the whole time, how he hadn't wanted to participate, how we had some work to do.  Little J didn't say a word but I could tell he wanted to go.

On the way home he mumbled about not eating his snack, about being scared, about looking everywhere for me but not being able to find me.  I almost lost it.  Poor guy.

Obviously this is just the first class and he'll get used to it, but things like this really make me question my choices.  Is staying home with my kids the best thing for them?  Am I doing a good job at preparing them for the world?

I am almost positive that kids are born with their personalities at least somewhat set.  I think Little J is just the shy type and hope next week is better.  I know I have a lot of work to do before then talking up preschool so he can get excited again.


{Linking up with the following lovely ladies: Home of OHM, Jenni from the blog, Mrs. Three in Three, and My Organized Chaos.}  

1 comment:

  1. His little face is just melting my heart right now - what a cutie!

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