Anna's Preschool : Day 1
Yesterday was a big day for Anna, it was her first day of preschool. It was also her first time away from us since she was a 6-months old baby.
I already knew that adjusting to school wouldn’t come easy for her, but a tiny piece of me secretly hoped that she would prove me wrong. That she would march right into that classroom and never look back. Unfortunately…she didn’t prove me wrong. According to the teacher, she “had a tough day” and “cried for a while.” When hubs went to pick her up, she was sitting at the table on her own while the other kids played Ring Around the Rosie (a game she played before and loved it!). It brought tears to my eyes to hear that she was sad.
I tried to get more information from her after I got home from work, but her answers were so inconsistent that I really don’t know what happened. All I know is that there is a Pooh bear in the classroom and she held on tight to the bear throughout the day. And while other kids had some kind of art to take home, Anna didn’t bring anything back.
I am focusing on the positives right now. That when she saw hubs, she was happy and chatty. That this morning, she still put on her coat and shoes and got into the car with little resistence.
After nearly three years of this parenting thing, watching my children in pain hasn’t gotten any easier, and I don’t think it will ever be. But I know refraining from running and saving her from every challenge is something I must do. So pulling her from school isn’t even on my mind, but here is hoping that things will get better soon.
This was the picture I took before telling her that we were leaving. Then the cry began and we hurried off.
To Anna – I know you are discouraged by this new transition, but it’s the start of something wonderful and new – you will see….