Summer is officially over. School starts tomorrow, for everyone (else) in the family. We met the kids’ teachers last night. Jack’s teacher talks incessantly about herself but seems friendly and patient. A daycare staffperson, who I trust, says she is a good teacher, so I think it’s safe to assume she will be up for the challenge of Jack. Aimee has the same teacher as last year, because she is in a multi-age class, so we already knew her, and Aimee was right at home. Jack has been given the official title of “Helper”, because two of his buddies are pretty nervous about school. He ate that up.
Trevor also starts back tomorrow, after a several-year hiatus. He is going full-time for the year to finish his degree. He is anxious but will be fine. He’s smart and responsible and mature. Thankfully, he is also not currently into one of those massively time-wasting online games. It will be quiet around here in the evenings, what with all the studying. I’m the only one not taking a course. Maybe over the winter I will, just so I don’t feel left out.
Tonight, we celebrated the end of summer with a bike ride to Dairy Queen. Afterward, I had grand plans of reading a Kindergarten book with Jack, but he fell asleep in front of Canadian Idol while I was running on the treadmill, so we missed it. At least he got to bed at a decent hour.
So tomorrow we walk to school to drop them off. I got the day off, so I thought maybe I’d bake cookies or something, pretend I’m a traditional mom for a change. I made their lunches tonight, and I thought briefly of cutting the crusts off their sandwiches, to make amends for all my parental failings… but then I decided they could eat the damn crusts.
Anyway, I will be sure to post my experiences as a last time Kindergarten mom. I can’t see being all weepy… this is the best thing that could happen to him. He needs to be a small fish in a big pond for a change. I think we will see him mature very quickly this year. I don’t mourn his infancy tonight. I am excited for his childhood. He’s ready and so am I.