Last night, I went to a parents-only kindergarten orientation for my oldest who will begin kindergarten in the fall. As I approached the double doors to his school, I couldn’t help but feel like it was the first day of school for myself. I found myself asking questions like, “Who will be here?” and “Will I know anyone when I walk in?” And I thought those feelings and thoughts passed when I was handed my diploma of freedom in high school. (Somehow, college never quite felt like elementary or high school did). Either way, I couldn’t have been prepared for what to expect other than making sure that I showed up and paid attention so I could prepare my child for his first years in what we like to call “big boy school”.
Looking through the glass doors, I immediately see my neighbors in a group walking in the door as well. Phew! Problem solved. I have friends. Walking in to the brand new auditorium (courtesy of PTO I’m informed) I look around to find a room full of bleachers filled with parents chatting away excitedly with a panel of four teachers sitting in front of a large projection screen. I immediately thought, “Is this kindergarten…or college?” I’m handed a packet of carefully collated and stapled papers that will guide everyone through the meeting to follow. So, to pass the time, I start flipping through the pages. In the packet, there was a full school calendar, a summer homework packet for kindergarten preparedness, a 5 page itinerary for the meeting, and a parent/child interview sheet to be filled and return ASAP to my child’s teacher. Reading through it all, I begin to glaze over much like I did at school assembly, wondering if perhaps the SAT’s will be included in the 1st grade packet.
As the meeting began and I heard from all the smiling faces in the panel of teachers, I slowly came to realize that school is going to be a hell of a lot different than it was for me with my 13 years of private Catholic education. The public school system in our district is known for its high quality attentiveness to it’s students and sense of community and now I know why. It’s a well-oiled machine. These people actually care. So, as I continued to listen through the meeting, I couldn’t help but begin thinking, “I have one hell of a job ahead of me”. In addition to my son attending kindergarten in the fall, I’ve a 14 month old girl and another son on the way in the fall. There will be homework to help with and check, lunches to be made, school trips to attend, PTO meetings to attend, endless piles of laundry, my husband and other to tend to all in addition to running my personal training business and mommy blog. I’m breaking a sweat just thinking about it.
But…I’m up for the challenge. I look forward to tackling this all full force. I’m a bit masochistic in this way as all it takes is for me to take on something incredibly challenging is for someone (even myself) to ask, “Are you sure you can handle this?” In response, I wear my best Chesire Cat grin and say, “BRING IT ON. I’ll dance circles around you and anyone else who says I can’t”. I’m not blind to the fact that I will without a doubt be exhausted at the end of the day, but I just happened to be one of those people that thrives on that kind of daily excitement. So, here’s to the next year of kindergarten through to college starting with my first. Bring it on baby. I’m F*CKING READY.
Have a great day everyone!