We are just weeks away from day one of kindergarten. It's hard to believe because not so long ago I remember my first days at Partners In Learning, leaving my 8-week-old baby boy and now we are headed to kindergarten. I'm both excited and terrified all at the same time.
Let me first say how excited we are about the amazing team at Cooper's elementary school. We could not be more pleased with their approach to his transition and education. But still, it's a big step and so the planner and worrier in me is nervous.
Tonight I realized the juxtaposition of my feelings. On the one hand my head realizes that he should and needs to experience all the things kids go through. The happy and exciting aspects of the first day of school, the THRILL of riding a school bus, the fun of art, music and PE, and of course recess! In order to become a well-rounded adult, who has the skills to live independently, he must also go through disappointment, heart-ache, teasing, and the like in order to learn the skills to deal with such events. My head understands this.
Making the decision to have a child - it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ” After all, it's pretty human to simply want to protect your heart, right?
And so in three weeks my sweet, sometimes stubborn, silly, smart, child will march into kindergarten (unless he refuses to walk ;). I can guarantee you he will do things all children do and probably somethings for the history books. And I know that he will learn and grow. He will no doubt win the hearts of many and, as always, teach as much as he learns and give as much as he gets.
Three weeks and counting. Here's to the next journey. My head is very excited. My heart is cautiously optimistic.