I signed Nolan and Nina up for school last week but tolkd the secretary that they would not be in town till the third week of August. She said no problem, they run into this kind of thing with year round school all the time. I figured that the kids wold just miss the first 14 days of school. There was really nothing I could do about it. The only schedule that could accomodate them was full, no surprise there. But Nolan and Nina told me they wanted to go the first few days that we would still be in town. So I got the call this morning from the school secretary saying that they could start with the rest of the kids today if we wanted. They did. Weirdos. I had them make a lunch and we ran out the door. Luckily they were clean and wearing decent clothes that could pass for 'first day' attire. Nina happened to get new shoes yesterday. I found their classes and siad good-bye to them. I think I would have been so much more nervous than they were. I hope they do ok. As I was walking back to the car, I felt so badly that we had not said a special family prayer this morning- but I really didn't expect them to actually go today. Hopefully they will come home with their 'need to have' lists and we can tie up all of our loose ends in time to go to school tomorrow, prepared like all the others. I am lucky that they aren't super persnickety about little details.
I spotted two little boys who were on their own trying to find their first and second grade classes. They were both near tears. It broke my heart. I couldn't help them, I didn't know my way around either!! I am a mom who likes to help their kids be independant and find their way, but on the first day of school, a mom HAS to be there, especially when they are little like that.