This is me today:
(I'm the one in the middle, in case you were wondering...)
And the reason for my booty dance? Those of you with children will know the answer...
The kids aren't doing the mama-happy-dance, but they are excited for this year! Last year, during the last week of school, Aili got a chance to spend some time in her new teacher's class - they put them on a rotation so they could learn who was in their class and to meet the teacher for next year. I thought this was a brilliant idea - it lessened any back-to-school jitters about who they were getting and who'd be in their class. Aili is starting Gr. 4 this year and excited to have some of her besties in her class! :)
Connor is excited as well - in a nervous sort of way... this year, he starts high school! It's crazy when I stop to think about it! Time has just flown by, especially the last 10 years.
A few weeks ago, we received a letter with information on an Orientation day at the high school. I was reading it out loud, and when I got to the part about how parents were welcomed to attend with their child, I looked up at Connor, who was sitting across from me.
Me: "Um, did you want me to come to your Orientation Day?"
C (looking slightly panicky at the thought): "Uh, no, that's okay..."
Me: "Good. Because that would pretty much seal your fate at high school, I think!"
We both laughed and marked it on our calendar.
However, on the morning of Orientation, I was getting ready for work and I noticed that he was pacing around in our bedroom while I was in the ensuite bathroom. I stuck my head out and mentioned that maybe he could call Bailey (his BFF) to see if Gary could pick him up on the way so they wouldn't have to walk in alone.
C: "No, he's going with his mom..."
Me (chuckling): "Oh, really? He's going to be that kid, eh?"
I noticed however that Connor was still pacing around and not really laughing so I stopped him and asked him if he wanted me to come with him. He stammered a bit and mentioned that I had to work but when I told him that I would go into work later if he wanted me to come, he paused and thought about it for a minute. Then he said, "Nah, that's okay, Mom - it'll be fine!"
I thought about him all morning and wondered how it went. Finally, I heard from Gary - all went well, he knew some kids in most of his classes and he started football practice that evening, about which he was really excited!
So it begins. A new chapter for everyone. I'll share photos of their first days at school tomorrow!
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