Tuesday, September 06, 2011




So the kid went from sound asleep to this in exactly eight seconds:



I went from okay to this in the time it took to walk back to the car:

girl crying



But I survived.


And was startled to feel pride AND sadness at the fact that my kid was confident enough to conquer a day full of strange faces and new rules.

Without needing his Momma.


But isn’t that what we want?




But it was a day of learning for this momma too.

He trusts that I’ll be there when he needs me.  Trusts that he’ll have food and water and a potty and a pillow – all the basics.  And the rest?  Is just brain stuff and recess.  He pushed aside the worry about not knowing what was coming next – and dove into just living.

Wasn’t kindergarten FUN?

How often do I trust that the One who made me knows what He’s doing?  That He knows when I’ve passed the test and when I need more practice?  That He’ll provide everything I need and handle every playground bully?  And that He’s there, even when I panic because I don’t know what is coming next.






And for the record… the slumbering child woke up, looked around, and promptly said,



Then blew a raspberry.


Cuz that’s how we roll.




Thank you for all the unbelievably sweet comments of encouragement on the last post.  I was so glad to know that I was not alone.  I am now convinced that Itty Bit’s teacher has NO IDEA what she’s in for.  And that much of it will probably be blogworthy.  Let’s hope she gets as many laughs from him as we do.


Jessica {Team Rasler} said...

LOL at the moo and the raspberry! I posted on FB that I smiled in the classroom as he rushed away from me, and shed a few proud tears in the car that he didn't need me. I'm right there with you.

Tamar SB said...

Yay for him! And you'll do great too!

Diane said...

I knew you'd both do fine. So happy to hear he had a good first day! :)

Discovery School at First Baptist Heath said...

I am gonn aprya that your teacher has a great sense of humor...LOL

Kmama said...

I'm so glad you both survived!! LOL at "moo." You think he's going to be class clown??

Tina said...

I'm so glad you made it through the day! And wouldn't you know God would use the opportunity to speak to your heart through it all?!? I hope he has a wonderful first week,

Bethany said...

Oh. My. Word! A "moo" and a "raspberry". He's a joy bringing gift! Thanks for the giggle this morning. He's going to do great in school. My sister was a kindergarten teacher. You should get her to blog a few stories.

Anonymous said...

Yay for moo, raspberries, and being excited and ready for school! It's so very crazy to see how fast they grow up, but very rewarding, too. The teacher stories ARE so funny; I have a friend who is a K5 teacher, and every year at Thanksgiving she puts together a cookbook for the parents. Of recipes dictated by the kids. It's pretty amazing to read all of the ways to cook a turkey; usually he either cooks in about 10 seconds or 20 hours. That age is my favorite; when I help out in the reading room at school, I always ask for the K5 classes. They give the BEST hugs! I can't wait to read about your not-so-Itty Bit's adventures...

Furry Bottoms said...

8 seconds, huh? I can just imagine that!! What a stepping stone for the both of you!!

NaomiG said...

Hahahaha at the moo and the raspberry. And so very true about trusting, etc. So glad his first day was great! That teacher is in for a load of fun-I hope she's up for it!

Dyann said...

A moo and a raspberry? Where on earth does that kid come up with this stuff?

His teacher will soon love him for the bright ray of nuttiness that he is.

And you'll soon love the stories he comes home with.

Anonymous said...

That's my Angel-boy! The sweetest, Darlin-est, Angel-est Boy! Ah-mah loves him forever & ever & ever!

Susan. said...

The moo and the raspberry fits in with everything we've learned to expect from Itty Bit up to this point, so no surprise there, but a big laugh even so. What a little character! LOVE the grown up picture of him, ready to go to school—great first-day-of-school outfit! Can't wait to hear about new friends, new skills, new events! It's an exciting new chapter in life!

Anonymous said...

No question-- he will make the teacher and kids laugh. He takes after you. :) so is he in full day kindergarten or half day?
Exciting day!! I'm sure he will tell you alll about his day the second he comes home. Hugs to all.
P.s. Sorry about your mom... Shes in my prayers.

Emmy said...

Awe he is so adorable! And that is a way to start the morning- much better than the "I'm tired- I don't want to get out of bed" that I got.

Amy said...

I am sure you will have TONS of blogworthy kindergarten moments. I knew he would do amazing! He is going to be the class clown I am sure :-) I know you will adjust well to this whole school thing soon.

Saimi said...

Just so you know, the feeling never leaves us...I just sent my son down the road to drive 10 hours crossing two states and it killed me not to jump in that car and go with him.

You know, so I can keep him company, help him get settled and shop for all the things I think he's going to need.

Did I mention he's 21 and has already spent two years taking care of himself...Yeah, It still hurts to watch them go!

Your little guy is sporting the same smile my son was wearing when he left.

Liz {Learning To Juggle} said...

Its so bitter sweet!! We prepare them to leave, know we did a good job when they confidently walk out the door (and onto the bus at times) and yet all we want to do is lock ourselves away with them and keep them safe forever. (well as long as the place we lock ourselves into has a bathroom with a strong lock - because all mommies need bathrooms with strong locks!!)

I am so happy you both survived his first day so well - (((HUGS))) to you Momma!! You are doing a wonderful job.

stephanie said...

glad y'all made it through! can't wait to hear about his school adventures- I just know they will be hysterical!!!

HeatherOz said...

He is so funny! Glad the send-off went smoothly!
It is a lot harder when you have to leave them(the kids) crying and screaming.

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

8 seconds...impressive.

It's so hard when they are really independent and sort of off on their own.

Allenspark Lodge said...

Our youngest daughter is teaching kindergarten this year for the first time. It will be great to get stories from BOTH sides!


Unknown said...

What a sweet little guy! I am so glad to hear that you both survived. :)

Joy Graham said...

It really is better than if he cried all day as some kiddos do..Just think about how brightly decorated your fridge will be with his school papers!!-Joy

Angie Vik said...

I hate those time warps. One day they're needing a diaper change and the next day they're graduating from high school.

Foursons said...

Oh my goodness, he looks so cute standing there with his backpack and his feet turned in. What a doll!

But the layers? Oh my word, is it that cold in the mornings? Wowzer.

Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too said...

I hope you are both adjusting well to him being in kindergarten! It was a difficult transition for us. They grow up too fast!

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