I’m not quite sure how to begin this post without bursting into tears.
I’m not sad; I’m actually quite excited. You see, today is my son’s first day of Kindergarten. While I am proud of him, I’m also ridiculously terrified.
What if he gets bullied?
What if he doesn’t make friends?
What if he isn’t as smart as the others?
What if, what if, WHAT IF?
Many mothers go through the same emotions, but that doesn’t make it any easier. It’s almost as if you are going through your first day of school all over again, but this time, it’s partially out of your control. As a mom, you are sending the one person in this world that you love unconditionally, off on a new journey, a new adventure. You won’t be there with him to protect him all the time, which means he is growing up.
When did that happen? Why did I let that happen!?
Yes, he’s gone to daycare since he was six months old, but that was years with the same teachers and kids. I knew and trusted everyone at that daycare center. Kindergarten will be full of new people, new schedules, new rules, even new food. This is life changing, not just for Brody, but for us as parents as well.
Now, the Brodster is excited to attend. He has a new backpack, new lunchbox, and a new hoodie to match! He even told me that if any of his classmates cry, he will kindly tell them, “No llores” (translation: “Don’t cry” in Spanish). My heart melted when he said that. I really do hope he will be a kid that is friends with everyone. The Brodster is sweet, funny, and really accepting, and I hope he stays that way. I’m dreading the day that this wonderful innocence begins to fade.
I know there will be days when he comes home crying. I know there will be moments where he’ll beg to stay home. And I know I’ll have to fight back the tears and tell him he has to go anyway. As much as I don’t want him to grow up, it seems that I still have some growing of my own to do. After all, with milestones like these, it doesn’t get any easier!
Still, I look forward to working on school projects with him. I can't wait for his stories about his new friends. Plus, I already have a surprise planned when he gets his first "A"! I just can't believe it's time now. For years, I dreamed of the days I would be helping him through school. Who knew it was just around the corner?
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