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A Trip Down Memory Lane

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Last night at bedtime Macy asked about kindergarten and the typical questions and concern came up.  She said she "wasn't sure" if she wanted to go to school.  I chose to share with her my memory of the first day of school, which is still very vivid in my mind because it was a doosie!

When I started school it was a new world. I had never been to childcare-no daycare; nothing.  I was the youngest of three so I really had never been in the care of someone else without at least one of my siblings with me.  I played with friends in my neighborhood and and my mom has said I was a pretty outgoing kid so I'm sure she didn't envision my first day of school unfolding as it did. 

I remember that day pretty clearly-from a five-year-old's perspective.  On that day, I was wearing my "best dress" which was a red, white and blue Raggedy Ann and Andy print with bloomers.  Oh, the styles (but that's another story).  My mom and I walked into the classroom and there were other kids and parents; a playhouse in one corner, plenty of toys, and four tables with ‘little-people' chairs around them.  There must have been a conversation between my mom and the teacher, Ms. Stallings, but I wasn't really listening I was taking it all in.  Then I heard my mom say something like "OK, well I better get going..." and my whole world shifted. 

My mom was about 10 feet inside the doorway. She bent down to give me a kiss and I latched onto her arm and told her I didn't want her to go.  She said something soothing I'm sure (because she's a great mom) but I was already panicking.  She took a few steps toward the door and I lunged for her.  She pealed me off of her, reassured me again, and took a few more steps.  Just as she reached the door I launched myself at her, grabbing hold of her and literally wrapping myself around her legs.  I was crying and begging her "not to leave me HERE with THESE PEOPLE."  I remember feeling like I didn't belong there and I wanted to go ho me with her and keep it the way it had always been.

I'm sure it was quite a scene to watch!  My mom picked me up and held me for what felt like a long time.  I cried and begged her not to go or to take her with me until I ran out of gas and stopped crying.  The teacher must have been waiting in the wings because my mom handed me off to her.  She told me one more time that everything was going to be OK and she walked out the door.  My teacher carried me over to the rug where the rest of the kids where already sitting (and none of them were crying) because she was about to read a story to us.  She gently set me down next to a little blonde-headed boy and he looked over at me like I was from Mars, but smiled.  I didn't cry but I wasn't smiling either-I wasn't sure what that place was all about and I wasn't about to make up my mind just yet.  He was pretty sweet looking over at me several times during the story and at one point even said to me that it was going to be "OK."  The rest of the day must have been OK because I don't remember it. 

That little boy I sat next to, Kerry, were in the same classes several more times and I ended up as friends throughout my school years.  We were even "boyfriend and girlfriend" for a short time in the 6th grade but it ended when he didn't sit next to me during a special classroom project, if I remember that correctly.  We remained friends and I'll always be thankful for his sweet smile that first day.  I must have I adjusted pretty quickly because by the end of the year my progress report noted that I was "busy" and "very social in class"---I think that's a teacher's way of saying chatty!  And the rest is history. 

I downplayed the drama when I told this story to Macy but I did let her know I was sad that first day but once I was there I had a lot of fun and learns lots of great things.  Macy looked at me and said "so you were a little scared?"  She seemed to be a little relieved and then said "Oh mommy, that's a funny story" and we moved along to reading the book she selected for bedtime.  She laughed at my pain but I think that's a good thing, right?

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