Don't they look enthusiastic? The schedule/list was a great thing, as we were able to get everyone ready and out the door in under an hour (including breakfast) with very little nagging. (For those that inquired, I made it in Word with clip art, feel free to save it and reuse for yourselves.)
I really wanted two specific things today (in addition to the children having a wonderful experience): I asked God for a special 'moment' with each child and I did not want to cry in front of them. I woke up at 2:30 this morning anxious about those two things. Our dropoff is to the playground, then all children go in at the bell. There was not really an option to walk them into their rooms. How were we going to manage both of those things?
But God was faithful and He made it happen. As we were unloading the car K handed me a flower she had picked from the yard at our house. "I picked this for my teacher, but I want you to have it."
Then as we were preparing to walk across the parking lot, R grabbed my hand and said, "Mama, can I hold your hand until we get there?"
As we got everyone settled on the playground and lingered for a moment to ensure everyone was secure, P was introduced to a boy from his new class. The boy was crying, so P immediately wrapped his arms around JD in a great big hug. (I was later told that he did this at least 3 other times with children who were sad: hugged them and told them 'it will be OK.")
When it came time to leave, I took a deep breath and attempted to nonchalantly hug and kiss each child goodbye. I almost cracked each time, but the tears stayed at bay until I walked back to the car. There were no tears from the children. They were ready.
I was SO thankful to have my sweet partner with me. We went for a quick breakfast, then he headed in to work while I went to take care of a long delayed car repair. I spent 2 hours in the waiting room preparing my To Do list for the year (56 items so far). I was suprised at 11:15 by a phone call from my man inviting me on a lunch date (a rare treat!) We decided to swing by the school and stealthily check on everyone (each of their classes has 2 way glass). We pulled into the parking lot and saw them happily playing on the playground (all three classes have recess together). We didn't even need to get out of the car.
I must admit 6 hours was a LONG time to be on my own, but when I returned to get them this afternoon I felt refreshed and so excited to see them.
All three had exciting details of their day. (Naps, coloring, snacks and the playground were the favorite parts of the day.)
I asked this afternoon if anyone used their 'kissing hand' to remember how much Mommy & Daddy loved them. P replied matter-of-factly, "No, I didn't need mine. I know you love me."
I received an early morning e-mail from Robin, a triplet mama. I chuckled aloud because it really summarized how I felt about the morning. She recounted her own 'first day' experience with her trio and ended with this, "Their moment to shine didn’t directly include me. Their little set of wings worked just fine."
My greatest hope as a Mama is for my children to know unconditional love and for their lives to exude generosity, love and kindness that points people back to the source of their hope. I think we are off to a great start!