September 14, 2004

Report Card: First Day

I am reporting in on the first day of pre-school and the parents' meeting we attended that night.

Pre-school was charming. There are about 14 or 15 kids and 3 teachers. The Girl Child bravely consented to the pony tail and the risk of not being recognized, but, no fear, her teachers remembered her. That didn't mean she wasn't scared. She made it halfway down the front steps when she went tearfully flying back up the stairs to give her little brother an extra hug and a kiss. Drama and tears over, we headed off to school.

No separation anxiety this year. Uh, I mean that there was no separation anxiety for ME, she was fine. She gave us a wave, called me back for "an extra hug and a kiss, Pappa", and she was off. It was that easy. I don't think she looked back after the extra hug and kiss.

We picked her up after the abbreviated session and, on the way out, grabbed a couple of pastries for her off the tray they put out for parents. In the car, we asked her how the morning went. She told us, "we read Tassen Sover Borte på engelsk!" Which is "Spot slept over" and which she has in Norwegian at home. She was pretty tickled to have it in English.

All in all, it was a good start. The parent meeting was fine, too. The group of parents we met seem significantly less neurotic than last year. Interestingly, out of these 14-15 kids, the following language are spoken primarily at home: Spanish; Turkish; Hebrew; and, Norwegian. There may be some Korean speakers too but we weren't sure.

Thanks to everyone for their kind wishes! Unfortunately, no pancakes were possible. Sorry!

Posted by Random Penseur at September 14, 2004 01:15 PM

No pancakes? Ooohhhh...this creates a depression in the karmic strings. A tensing that must be relieved. For a child of such tender age a suitable amount of the original or similar substance (perhaps waffles) would suffice. You are indeed fortunate that it was this child of yours and not your wonderful bride. With maturity comes a much more highly strung karmic net. An error starting with missed breakfast could end up as jewelry before it is truly corrected.

Posted by: Jim at September 14, 2004 11:46 PM

Her first day at school and she didn't look back? You are truely blessed with a beaut. A real beaut! :)

Posted by: Tuning Spork at September 15, 2004 12:44 AM

there will be pancakes today? tommorrow?

Posted by: standing naked at September 15, 2004 06:42 AM

There will be pancakes, I promise. And I'm sure she will be happy to know that so many people are out there and advocating on her behalf!

Posted by: RP at September 15, 2004 07:35 AM
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