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Things are Changing for Everyone

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March 13

Macy and I were driving home today and talking about how her "best friend" is moving across town.  Macy was concerned because it means her friend is going to be closer to Nanny's house (their term of endearment for the woman who watches Macy during the workday) and that just "...wasn't fair!"  I saw that as my entry to mention this fall she and her friend would be attending different schools-Macy is a concrete learner and a routine girl so she likes lots of warning when change is coming and kindergarten is going to be the biggest change she's experienced so far in her sweet little five years.  We've been so lucky to have the same a great routine: during the workday the same wonderful couple has watched Macy and her friend since they were infants.  So starting kindergarten is going to be as much about not seeing "Nanny" and her best friend every day as it is about starting a new routine and making new friends.  We're ahead of the curve on this one-we see this whammy coming and we're doing our best to set her up for success by bringing it into conversations so she can adjust to the idea before it happens.

So back to the car...I casually mention that when someone starts kindergarten you go to the school that's closest to your house.  Her friend lives across town so she'll go to the school in her neighborhood and Macy will go to the one by ours.  Macy immediately said "what school? I've never seen a school by our house."  She's right; our travels don't take us by the grade school.  As I continue on our commute I try to explain where the school is located and how she'll get to ride the bus, etc.  Since she's a processor (of information) I shouldn't have been surprised to hear her next question--can we go there now?  I decided there's no time like the present so I made a little detour to the grade school. 

I pulled into the parking lot and we just sat there a minute so she could check it out.  We talked about the great artwork in the windows and how neat it will be when she gets to create things like that.  I saw a look of "I'm not so sure about this..." on her face so I the in a few extra comments about what a nice school it was and how it sure looked like a fun place to go.  She wasn't looking convinced so I decided to go for broke and drove around back so she could see the playground.  That was the tipping point; once she saw the huge slide she decided it looked like an "OK place".  I let out a big breath I didn't realize I was holding and pulled out of the lot headed for home.  That went well...just enough information to dabble in the idea of what's to come and not so much that she got nervous.

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