Today was Dana’s first day of Kindergarten.
We have been gearing up for this day for several weeks now. Grandmas shopped for school supplies, backpacks and clothes. I took her to the store to buy the ever important first day of school outfit. (I remember pick out my back to school outfit each year).
Yesterday we went to get the start of school haircut. We made it special by stopping at the coffee shop for Dana to get a cup of hot chocolate. Then off to the grocery store to get the first day of school food. I let Dana pick out her favorites for all of the meals.
Breakfast: Pancakes with blackberries in them and whip cream on top, and juice to drink
Lunch: Sandwiches with fancy toothpicks in them. this meal was all about the toothpicks.
Dinner: Pizza with ice cream
After getting the groceries we laid out the clothes for the first day. We then packed her backpack and went to bed for a good nights rest.
She woke up excited and ready to go. I woke up excited and somewhat ready to go. Very excited for all of the new and fun experiences she will have.
I was a little sad that life will never be the same again. She will never again have the kind of freedom that she did before starting school. Her life will now be spent and influenced by other people more than Glen and I.
We went to school a little early so that she could play on the play ground and get used to being there. When the bell rank she went to line up by her room. It is the only time she looked concerned. I reassured her that she would be fine and have a great time. The teacher had them hang their backpacks, get their name tags and then go play. Dana followed all the directions except putting on her name tag.
Teacher: Dana can you put your name tag on.
Dana: No thank you, I already know my name.
After this I knew that Dana would be fine at school so I left.
When I picked her up she was very excited. When I asked how the day went she said “Great! No SUPER GREAT! Can I come back tomorrow and everyday after?”
Yes Dana everyday for the next 12 years. I hope she keeps up the same level of excitement for all 12 years.