On life’s list of Big Moments, few can top the first day of kindergarten. Mostly because the emotions present on that day–excitement and disappointment, confidence and fear–pretty much remain a jumbled constant for the rest of our lives. Before kindergarten, the world is small and manageable. After? Big and scary.
Such was two Mondays ago for my son.
You may be able to decipher from the picture that there was a tad more disappointment and fear than excitement and confidence. At least for that moment. That’s okay, and I told him so. Not everyone is expected to jump headlong into academic life without bothering to glance backward to days that were free and relatively lazy. Besides, my first day of school? Not good.
Thankfully, by the time he walked out of the front doors and into the parking lot that afternoon, both his mood and his posture were vastly improved. My son had not only survived his first day of school, he had triumphed.
To find out how he did so, I invite you over to katdish’s blog. Take a few minutes to visit. School might be a distant memory for most of us, but that doesn’t mean the lessons of surviving kindergarten still can’t help us all…