New State in the Union equals new school, new school rules, and totally new routine. My boys started back to school yesterday, which is almost unfathomable to me given that it’s the middle of August. August people!! As a born, raised, and educated New England girl, school started after Labor Day never a teen day in August! I realize that school calendars are changing and many schools are starting earlier not just our new Florida school.
Of course, the first day of school is only one of many changes for us with a new school. As a parent, I up played the excitement of a new school to my boys. Everything about our move date was predicated on the first day of school. For weeks we’ve rushed around to pediatrician appointments, motor vehicle departments, and town hall to ensure the boys could enroll on time. The whole time we talked up the thrill of the first day. I wanted my boys to be excited not nervous. Truth be told, I certainly was (still am) more nervous than my boys. While I project confidence to my boys my head churns with all the new rules and how to alter our old routine to fit all the new. I had to buy school supplies, i.e. glue, pencils, etc., apparently many schools everywhere do this but I’ve never ever had to before and therefore a little shell shocked at the process and the expense. School starts 30 minutes earlier than our old school –manageable since my boys usually are very early risers but cuts into my lunch assembly process. No bus service within 2 miles of the school – I’m struggling with this because at 1.7 miles away, there is enough traffic and distance that I’m not sure the best drop-off / pick-up procedure. Not to mention that yesterday, I spent over 30 minutes in the car pick-up line, the equivalent amount of time my boys spent on the bus previously. This school has background checks to be able to volunteer in the classroom or the library – good policy but different and therefore unnerving for me. Our new school is also much bigger than our old school with twice the number of students. I’m still wrapping my head around the size different. Bigger doesn’t mean better or worse, it just means a lot more students, staff, and parents.
I picked the boys up from the car lane yesterday. First question of every parent on the first day of school quickly passed my lips, “how was your first day of school?” luckily for me, spoken with no pause from both my children a resounding, “It was great!” Huge sigh of relief since my 6 yo did not want to go to First Grade at any school, new or old, he professed all summer that he was D.O.N.E. with school. The boys then gushed. My oldest told me he made one friend, tons about his new teacher, how there are seven different 2nd Grade classes, his class has 19 students, and the two other children that are new to the school this year in his class (one from Uruguay and one from Kentucky). My youngest told me he made two new friends although he could only remember one name and all about Jitter Juice. Both complained that lunch was only 28 minutes long and recess was too short – same complaints from last year. They were thrilled with their first day experiences. Therefore I am thrilled with their first day experiences.
While I am still nervous and still figuring the new school rules and the new school routine out, my heart is warmed that the transition to a new school is starting smoothly. I declare the first day of our new school a success!
p.s. Until I became a parent, I never realized how much parenting is about faking confidence for our children to ensure they bravely face their journey ahead. I guess I did a good job.