Yes...it's that time of year. The beginning of school. Now this hasn't affected me since the 1987-88 school year (my senior year of high school), but this year it affects me in a BIG way!! My little Super O is going to school! I can't believe it's happening. I remember when we moved here to Central WI two years ago. I wasn't concerned with which community we lived in because school didn't matter. I remember saying "I'll deal with the school thing when it happens in a couple of years". Well, it's a couple of years later and I'm having to deal with it.
If you've read this blog from the beginning (last summer) you're aware of Super O's speech delay issues and the problems I've had with our local elementary school. (If not, you can catch up by reading posts from Aug/Sept last year). Anyway, she'll start her Early Childhood classes next Tues, 9/4. They're on Tues/Thurs in the afternoon and she'll be on the little bus. This is also where she'll get her speech therapy. The following Monday, 9/10, she starts 4K (pre-k, 4yr old kindergarten). This is on Mon/Wed/Fri all day and she'll get to ride the big bus with her friends. She's already made a seat deal with Kylie (her new best friend).
We went to an open house for the EC class yesterday and met her teacher (Mrs. Wolfe) and the speech teacher (Mrs. Heil). She loved it! We go next week for the open house in her 4K room and we'll get to meet that teacher too!
I'm not really worried about the whole school thing, it's the bus that has me freaking! This is my tiny little baby girl. She's not big enough to sit on a school bus without her 5-point harness booster seat!! What happens if there's an accident?? In her 4 1/2 years, she's only ridden in cars driven by family members...and not even many of them!! I have to put my baby on a big bus with a stranger driving and no booster seat! Are these people insane???
I know I have to let go and let her grow up. Thousands of 4 & 5 year olds get onto buses every single day of the school year every single year. Those same thousands of children safely get off of those buses too. And yes, I do realize that something bad could happen when I'm driving her around. But at least I'm with her!! I guess all parents have a weird something they worry about and this is mine. Let me have it for now. I'll get over it and move onto something else eventually.
So, congrats to Super O on your first day of school! Mommy will be there to put you on the bus and to walk you to your classroom. I know you'll do just fine!
Sniff...sniff...(does anyone have a Kleenex?)