Claudine started Kindergarten last week. I know, I know, already? I mean look at how she was a baby when I started this blog (btw, that’s the FAQ page. Did you know about it? You should check it out before emailing me a question because maybe the answer is there. Not that I don’t like getting emails, but it’s taking me a lot longer these days to answer them. I’m not ignoring you.)
I could tell Claudine was starting to get anxious about the start of Kindergarten as we neared the end of our trip, which made me very anxious about dropping her off at school. Separation for her has never been easy. Mia would try to tell her all about the fun things to look forward to, but she’d just shut down every time we’d talk about it and say that she didn’t want to go.
When I sorted through our big pile of mail when we got home from our trip, I found 2 letters for the girls sent by their new teachers. Claudine seemed thrilled to get that piece of mail and started catching on to Mia’s enthusiasm about the first day of school (Mia was literally bouncing off the walls like it was Christmas because she was so excited). The girls schemed ways in which they could bump into each other in the bathrooms and hallways. By the time Thursday morning finally rolled around Claudine started saying that she couldn’t wait. The walk to school was fine. There was no drama. We got to her classroom and she immediately took some crayons and started decorating the cut out heart that was at each seat (I’ve since figured out that drawing calms her and helps her cope in unfamiliar, stressful situations). She did say very quietly, “I want you to stay”, but only once. After a few minutes more, she gave me a kiss and I left. No big deal. I peeked in through the door a minute later and saw her sitting there quietly, looking slowly around the classroom. And that was it. More of the same the next day.
Whaaat?? No drama? Sheesh. Just when you thought you knew your kids they turn things upside down just to prove you wrong. Not that I’m complaining, of course, but this was a kid who would put a death grip on my shirt as I tried to peel her away at drop off, even as recently as a few weeks ago at camp. I couldn’t be more proud of her and just like that, we have 2 girls in the same school, full time, for the very first time.