All four of us walked together and #2 was very excited to see the classroom and play with some of their puzzles. #1 settled on the mat with a girlfriend from kindy and the six other new kids. They whispered and giggled together and were quite happy when we said goodbye. I don't imagine he'll have much trouble settling in.
I took my sunglasses and some tissues (for me) just in case, but haven't felt teary yet. I do feel a teeny bit sad that his time at home as a preschooler has come to an end. We have a had a wonderful five years of music and play dates and zoo visits and beach visits and train trips and baking and play dough and adventures and imaginary games and board games and books, books and more books. I know there will be many more of these things and these times but that it won't be the same. I've been warned about the after school exhaustion and tantrums which we have to look forward to.
He's such a gorgeous kid and makes me laugh so much. Yesterday the two boys played such lovely imaginary games together all morning. There were no fights or shouting matches. Then a wee friend had come to play for the afternoon and it had been quite blissful, everyone had shared, no one had been left out. B had gone fishing for the day and when he returned in the evening he noticed how happy I was and not my usual (sometimes) frazzled state. Even though I had been (stuck) at home with the kids all day it was quite a relaxing Sunday, end of the holidays and end of an era.
After school today I'm taking #1 out for afternoon tea, his special request,
"some time with just me and you mum". I'm looking forward to it too.