Will’s first day of “real” school!

I realize he’s now been through TWO whole days of kindergarten, but here is the report on his first day!  He did very well, I think.  He was a little worried, but we had a lovely open house in his classroom on Monday afternoon, so he was familiar with the place, his hook for his backpack, his cubby and his mailbox, and all of his classmates.  There is only one little girl in his class new to the area, that he didn’t know last year.  A wonderful situation for him.

He ate his breakfast, got dressed, posed for some pics, then went outside to wait for the bus with Daddy.  Mama was ready for work already, so she was lurking about outside with the camera.  The bus arrived, he marched right up, climbed on, got in the seat behind the driver, and sat down.  I ran to my car, hopped in, and headed off for the school.  We are virtually the last stop on the way to school, so by the time I got there and parked,  his bus was already unloaded and pulling away.  The librarian (a neighbor of ours) was outside directing kids indoors, and she said he got right off and headed in.  I had some vaccination information for his records, so I went in and gave them to the secretary, then went down the hall to peak at him.

His little backpack was already on his hook, and he had already given his money to his teacher for lunch, and placed his order for a hot dog.  He still looked a little worried, but he did everything right.  I saw him in there with all those big kids, marching around like he knew what he was doing, and then I finally had to cry.   Didn’t help that his beloved preschool teacher was also there helping out, watching him proudly.  I gave him an extra kiss and got out of there.   I was misty-eyed all day.  Of course, I had to work, so I didn’t get to see him come home, but Joe reports he got off the bus, gave the driver a thumbs up, and marched down the driveway.  Overall, a successful first day.

His second day was a success, too.  I didn’t go out to the bus with him this AM, since I was still recovering from dealing with that nasty old woman last night until about 2AM, but I met him coming home on the bus.  He doesn’t quite understand the procedure for crossing the street yet; he is supposed to get off, then wait by the door and wait for the driver to give him a thumbs up before he crosses in front of the bus and crosses the street.  Today, he marched in front of the bus, then stopped, looked at her, and gave HER a thumbs up.  She made him go back to the right place and start over.  We’ve been talking about it all evening, so I hope he has it figured out now.  If he can’ t get it, he will have to stay on the bus for another 5 minutes or so, while she goes up the street to drop off a few other kids, then turns around and comes back by our house on our side of the street.

Here are the day 1 pics!

5 Responses to “Will’s first day of “real” school!”

  1. Nicki says:

    Well, now I’m crying. I can’t believe little Pan Pan is so grown up! It looks like a really nice classroom with good teachers and classmates. He’s going to get so smart! Good job Will!!

  2. grandma says:

    I had to worry so hard all mornng his first day until you e-mailed me he did alright.
    Such a little boy all the way from China and now on his own all day at school. It makes me cry just to think how he can manage without Anna there to tell him what to do. But it is good he can do it all on his own. Grandms loves you William.

  3. Mary Raye LeClerc says:

    Loved looking at this – Nicki forwarded it to us. What a lucky little boy. Looks like he’s getting so grown up, too. Best wishes for a great school year, Will. One of my favorite “first day of school” pictures is of my sister’s child, Mari (she’s now a dentist, so you know this goes back a ways) – they lived in Apple Valley and she had a picture of Mari and the little neighbor girl standing with their new dresses on and a new backpack. Of course, there are many buses in Apple Valley, so after the first one passed them by, which was for the older kids, both little girls started crying, thinking they’d been left behind. My sister got a picture of it and I wish I had it in my possession. Tony’s Mom, Mary Raye

  4. Trish says:

    Okay you made me cry too! It is hard to imagine that he is ready for school and is so grown up. He will be able to show Anna the ropes when it is her turn.

    Hopefully you won’t have to add homework to your to do list yet.

  5. Uncle Don and Aunt LaQuita says:

    God must have a mightly big bottle to hold all the tears that mothers have shed when their children went to their first day of school. I have a poem titled “Baby’s Gone to School”. It was in my grandmother’s Bible. I’ll email it to you tomorrow. Get ready to put a few more tears in that special bottle, but it’s so sweet, and it was written over 80 yrs. ago.

    Give Mr. Snaggle-tooth and Anna Banana a hug for me!

    Love, Aunt LaQuita