August 18, 2009

Did It Really Happen This Way?

Today is a day I've been dreading for 3 years now - Aidan's first day of Kindergarten. That fear was cemented last year with his preschool experiences that would scare the hell out of the people who run those outdoor survival outfits for the worst juvenile delinquents. Trust me, it got ugly.

Today, however, was not ugly. Bizarre, yes, but not ugly.

We got up way too early for me. I was considering home schooling for a fraction of a second. Aidan took a shower, picked out his clothes, and ate breakfast - the whole time chattering about how excited he was for school. I was cautiously optimistic. The Mr and I exchanged looks that said "He's gonna completely flip out when I try to leave, isn't he?"

We only live 2 blocks from the school but Aidan insisted that we drive. Let me assure you, we will be walking from now on. You haven't seen a traffic cluster-fuck until you've seen a bunch of snot-slinging Kindergartner Moms taking their little darlings to school for the first time. They obviously can't see through their tears because my vehicle was essentially invisable. We won't discuss whether or not I teared up for a minute. The point here is school traffic blows and I'm not doing it anymore.

So we finally make it into the building and Aidan asked me to help him hang up his backpack and then he went to his chair and said "Bye Mom". I had to remind him to kiss me goodbye! I just kinda stumbled out of the room after that. Then I sat in the truck for 10 minutes waiting for my phone to ring. It's been 2 hours now and no calls. I think my jaw is still on the floor outside his classroom. I'll pick it up when I go get him I guess.

20 comments:

Diane said...

aawww! good job buddy!! i bet he's having a blast!

i know what you mean about school pick up/drop off traffic. it gives "women drivers" a bad name!!

Anonymous said...

So, so, so cute pics!! What a handsome little guy!
I was always a mess when my kids started kindergarten and only 1 out of 4 ever decided to come home on day one. =)
I only have one in school - he's a junior in h.s. - and all I can think of is one more year.. One more year of school supplies, sport fees, lab fees and of course the coolest school clothes and shoes.. Of course all of this is replace with college tuition, lol but college doesn't come with PTA councils, parent teacher conferences, treats on birthdays - altho I really like that part!
I just realized the other day that when my last baby graduates from high school, my grandbaby will be starting kindergarten! I'll just start crying right now! Pass the tissue box please..

Laurie said...

I bet his daddy's kindergarten picture looks pretty similar to these!!! He looks so much like his dad! WAY TO GO AIDAN!!!!!

The Red Headed Mama said...

Awe, I'm glad he did so well. Of course, makes you wonder what he's got up his sleeve ;)

Mine starts 1st grade next week *sniff*

Michelle said...

Happy 1st day of Kindergarten Aidan!

Stacie's Madness said...

oh my goodness, he looks so happy!!!

I hope it went well, my "baby" goes tomorrow!

Deb said...

He sure looks ready!

Ordie O. said...

Way to go, Aid! You're the bomb!

@eloh said...

I came to check out your blog and stayed forever. I read where you called yourself a comment whore and laughed...a few minutes later I noticed the side bar....me too.

Your son reminds me of my second son...a real poster child for Planned Parenthood.

Debra said...

I don't remember tears, ever. Does that make me a bad mom? I was counting the days till my mornings were quiet and my own I guess.

Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

Look at that big backpack. Even the word Kindergarten scares me and makes me feel a little anxious, so I totally understand if you *did* cry.

Unknown Mami said...

I guess, he's just ready.

Jennifer-EightyMPHMom said...

Congratulations - you have a kindergartner!! I am so glad he liked it - it is always a scary thing sending them for the first day!

Ummm - I agree with you on the school parking lots. Always find an alternative. I pick my daughter up behind her school at the YMCA (as many other parents do, but at least the parking lot accommodates all of us!).

I hope he really enjoyed it today - can't wait to hear more!

~aj~ said...

I must have missed the memo that hell froze over! Both for the fact that Aidan had a smile on his face for kindergarten and for the fact that you teared up over it. Nebraska really IS an alternate universe! ;)

Jenni Jiggety said...

I hope he had a FANTASTIC first day!

Brenda Susan said...

A big YAY for you & for Aiden! His smile says it all. As much as you complain etc. you are a really good mom to raise a kid with that confidence on the first day of kindergarten. Yay you!

Anonymous said...

You are so real!
And I love the imagery of your jaw on the floor outside his classroom.

The girl with the flour in her hair said...

My son starts kindergarten Monday...He's counting the days. He can't wait to get away from me. During preschool I had days when I kind of wished that he was one of the crying, clingy ones, just so I knew I was loved. But no. He's more likely to cry and cling when I come to pick him up.

He wants to ride the bus. Which, while completely terrifing me, does make it possible for me to avoid the school traffic.

MoonNStarMommy said...

awwwwwwwwwww .... cries!!! I'll never have a "first day of Kindergarten" again - well, unless homeschooling goes completely bad! LOLOL

He looks so handsome though :)

AshMo said...

Ah, feel like I was gone one day and I missed a year ( your blog) ! My daughter experianced her first day of Kintergarden too!! Exciting, scary.... scarryy.. lol.