All summer long Sydney has been waiting for the first day of kindergarten. "Is it tomorrow?" she'd ask multiple times a week. No, not tomorrow. After we go on vacation.
We went on vacation, and when we got back we had to consult a calendar (regularly) to assure Sydney that she would, in fact, be going to school eventually.
The day came last Wednesday. The First Day of School.
She picked out her own outfit and hair accessory. Per usual, she looked adorable. These days I am not consulted much in the way of wardrobe, and since mostly everything in her closet has some element of pink, they all coordinate together pretty well. There was no doubt she'd be wearing a dress, no doubt she'd have on her shiny new glasses, and absolutely no doubt she was ready for school.
Was I ready for her to go to school?
I briefly thought about getting sentimental and weepy, but then decided not to. No doubt my calmness is due to the fact that Sydney attends a small pre-school/kindergarten where there are few variables to worry about. It's the same school she has visited frequently over the past year, the same classroom she visited weekly for a church related event. Most importantly, Sydney's kindergarten teacher is her grandma and her bestest cousin Clover is her classmate.
I suppose, in a sense, it's not a true test of my willingness to let Sydney grow up just yet. She's not riding a school bus, not in a classroom full of strangers, not with a teacher I don't know. Next year, when we have to make a real decision about where she goes to school, I'll probably be considerably more anxious. But next year is next year, and I'm not looking that far ahead just yet. Let me bask in my zen moment for right now.
As for this year, I can't wait to see what Sydney learns. She may be reserved at times, she might occasionally be quiet, but when it comes down to it, she's the kid who jumps on the rollercoaster, throws her arms in the air and screams for joy.
(Video: Sydney on a rollercoaster--13 seconds)
Ah, my sweet Sydney, school is one ride I know you'll love.