Harper is a kindergartner!
Day one seems to have gone very well, despite the fact that the very first thing we ran into was a situation that would potentially be unsafe from an allergy standpoint. One that no one had thought about until this morning. If the students get to school before 8:05, they have to wait in the cafeteria until it is time to go into their rooms. No big deal, unless you consider that they've just finished serving breakfast in the cafeteria, the cafeteria with no peanut free table (yet). We had discussed no precautions to be taken to make that a safe situation. Now it isn't that big of a deal for this year. If we get to school a little early we'll wait on a side street until I can pull into the car line at 8:06. For today I just waited with her outside the cafeteria until it was time to walk her to her room.
Unfortunately being faced with that bit of uncertainty made me wonder what else we'd forgotten to consider and I left Harper at school with a very bad feeling (my bad feeling, not hers).
She was fine, of course, but I'm back in a head-space (as I am in each new school/situation) where my wheels are constantly turning, thinking of all the ways it could go wrong, a stone of worry planted firmly in my gut.
So I said my goodbyes and made it mostly out the door before being overwhelmed with worry and starting to cry. And I managed to make it back to the car before I really let loose, with poor, bewildered Michael wondering why I was sobbing into the steering wheel. Eventually I took a few deep breaths, pulled myself together, and Michael and I went on about our morning (breakfast with Nana, trip to the store, park visit).
Harper was beaming when she bounded down the sidewalk toward the car. She said she listened and met a new friend and thinks Mrs. X is going to be a good teacher. So there you go.
Incidentally, there are 25 children in her kindergarten class, which is on the large side. For those of you who also sent your kiddos off to kindergarten this year, how big are your classes?