Well, my boy started 1st grade today! I can not believe that his summer is over. It seems like it just started, and now he returns to school on August 3rd. I think that is the earliest I have ever heard of starting a school year, but Cherokee County gives a week break every 6 weeks or so. He will have a "Fall Break" in September, a week at Thanksgiving, a couple of weeks at Christmas, a "Winter Break" in February, a "spring break" in April and school out by Memorial Day. Whew...that made me tired just writing it.
I know he is my son, but I feel Timmy has matured some over the summer. I KNOW he grew because his jeans are somewhat "high waters" if you know what I mean. Thankfully, he can wear shorts to school until it gets colder, so it will give me an opportunity to get him some jeans/pants before he HAS to wear them.
Last Thursday was the "meet and greet" at his school. Ed had to work that night, and I left Silas with a babysitter so it could just be a "Timmy" night. He was SO excited to meet his teacher and see his classroom. When we got to the school, the parking lot was like a parking lot...there wasn't a single space available. People were parking on the sidewalks, parking at houses up the street and walking...I decided to try my luck at the bus parking lot, and luckily..there was a space available. Once we got into the school, we went to the "wall" to see what classroom he was in and what hallway we needed to take to get there.
We found the hallway and classroom with no problems, and in entered Timmy. I wish I had brought my camera because I have never seen him walk with his shoulders held high and his chest sticking out...too funny. We were introduced to his teacher, Miss Roach, and she showed Timmy where his desk was. He was so excited that he had his very own desk with a shelf to put his supplies and books in. While Miss Roach was going over some basic information with me, Timmy sat down at his desk and was just beaming from ear to ear. After awhile, a little boy came in that was in Timmy's kindergarten class and that just thrilled Timmy to pieces. He didn't think he would know anyone in his class.
After we said goodbye to Miss Roach, Timmy wanted to go see if he could find Miss Parker, his K5 teacher. We found her and he ran in and gave her a big hug! She said, "Timmy, you have grown over the summer, and he said, "Yes I have." She asked him who his teacher was and he said, "Miss Roach...like the bug" I had to laugh quietly to myself because when we were walking to find Mrs. Parker, Timmy was having trouble remembering his teacher's name, so I told him it was Miss Roach like the bug. I had no idea that was how he would tell other people.
Timmy is a car rider, and I wanted to walk with him from the car rider door to his classroom to make sure he knew how to get there. So we walked to the car rider door, turned around and off we went. I started walking beside him, and he turned around and said, you follow me so I can show you where to go. This kid is hilarious. Once again, walking down the long, main hallway to the "blue hallway", he walked with his chest out and shoulders raised. He was so proud of himself. I was very impressed...he found his classroom again with no problems.
Fast Forward to this morning....I woke him at 6:30 and he opened his eyes with a smile on his face and jumped out of bed. (Oh how I wish EVERY morning was like the 1st day of school) He was really excited to get to school, that he kept rushing me to get ready and for us to leave. It was 7:00 and he wanted to walk out the door. They don't even open the car rider line until 7:10, so we were a little early. We got to the school, and IT WAS UNBELIEVABLE. I think every parent was walking there child to class that day. There were like 100 parents in the office when I went in to get Timmy's car rider pass. I ended up walking Timmy to class, and once again, followed him with his chest out and his shoulders raised. He walked straight into the classroom and sat down at his desk. He was so proud to be there. As we were walking to class, he asked me, "Do you think Miss Roach is going to be pretty today?" (She is a VERY beautiful young lady, and he talked about how pretty she was over the weekend) I told him, "Timmy, I am sure she is going to be pretty everyday"
I am hoping that he is excited about going to school for years to come, but I am sure as he gets older, it will be harder and harder to get him ready for school. I will just cherish these young years when school is all the rage. I can't wait to get home from work to get a full report on the 1st day of school in 1st grade!