Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Kindergarten Countdown

It's almost D-Day. (Or "K-Day", I guess you could say.) In 3 days, I will walk one extremely excited little boy down our block and around the corner to the school bus stop for the very first time. Gulp. Spencer is completely ecstatic and can't wait to ride the bus "Just like all the big kids, Mom!" I, on the other hand, can't help but look at him and think, "HE'S JUST A BABY! HE'S WAY TOO LITTLE TO BE ON THE BUS! THE BUS IS SO BIG! WHAT IF SOMEBODY IS MEAN TO HIM? WHAT IF HE SITS ON SOMEBODY'S GUM? WHAT IF HE ACCIDENTALLY LEAVES HIS BACKPACK ON THE BUS? HE'S SUCH A SKINNY LITTLE GUY! NOOOOOOOOO..."

I'm not really having a hard time with the whole transition to Kindergarten, itself. In fact, I'm genuinely excited for Spence and all the cool learning and new friends and fun times that lie ahead for him. It helps that he's really confident and happy and SO ready for this next step. (With that said, I'll probably be a blubbering idiot all day on Friday. All this big talk, and I'll most likely burst into big, ugly, snotty tears the second the bus drives away... Just in case, I arranged my work schedule so I wouldn't have to go in on Friday. My middle school students really don't need their counselor to be an emotional wreck that day. Doesn't inspire confidence, y'know?)

Even though I'm not too freaked out about Kindergarten, this school bus thing is a real issue for me. It's not like we have a choice, because I literally can't get Spence to Kindergarten a half-mile from our house when he's supposed to be there, then get Foster to Preschool on the northern side of town when he's supposed to be there, and finally get myself to work on the southern side of town anything close to when I'm supposed to be there. It's physically impossible. My head would explode. Seriously. I'm talking spontaneous combustion here. Nobody needs that.

Thus, the bus...

My husband thinks I'm nuts, by the way. For countless reasons, actually, but most recently because of this bus issue I'm having. "I rode the school bus every day," he says. "I loved it. I saw all my friends on the bus. We had a great time. Spencer will be fine." "Did you (sniff) ever get bullied? Did kids make fun of you? (sniff, sob, sniff) Did the bus ever go in a ditch in the winter time?" "No, honey. He'll be fine." I never rode the bus as a kid, so I don't share my husband's confidence. And, Spence is JUST A BABYYYYYY!!!...

But, I'll walk him to the bus this Friday, just so he can try it out on his first day. Then, I'll jump in the car and follow that bus to see what path it takes on its journey to Kindergarten. I'll be there to meet Spence when he arrives at school for the first time, and I'll do the "Meet & Greet" with his teacher. Then, I'll walk out the door, leaving my little guy to begin his new adventure. I might just treat myself to a skinny vanilla latte and a cheesy entertainment magazine. And, a short 3 hours later, I'll be at the bus stop to meet him when he gets off the bus after his very first day as a Kindergartener. Wow.



  1. it is amazing and scary and sad all at once. i did the ugly oprah cry. you would've thought i just buried him instead of leaving him at school. it didn't help that i was very pregnant and very hormonal either.

  2. I'm with you on this one. My daughter is only in preschool, but my niece is starting kindergarten and my sister is having a very difficult time with it. She wants to be happy for her daughter, but is so sad how much their life is changing and she doesn't have the bus to deal with.

    It will all work out and I bet he'll come home jabbering none stop about what a great day he had, the friends he made, and how fun the bus was. Good luck! I can't wait to hear about it!

  3. You will be okay. And you will blubber. It's what mommy's do when their babies go to kindergarten. :)And you'll have it pulled together by the time he gets home. I remember sniffling most of the morning and watching the clock. Just keep in mind the bus may be a little late getting home that first day as they get the hang of the routine.

    Hang in there. Call me if you need some emotional support. xo

  4. WOW...such a big step. I hope it goes well.

  5. Thank you to all of you who made comments and to all of my girlfriends who called me to see how I was doing yesterday. Women are amazing! Cheers!

  6. so cute! I was scared, too, but it worked out great for everyone. I've even given the boys the option of the mom-drop-off, and after trying out the bus, they want nothing to do with the mom-mobile. Their friends are on the bus, and I'm just the meal ticket.....