I have to admit…I am experiencing a bit of the green-eyed monster. What is it that has me out of sorts?
All the happy kids that LOVE going to school.
Don’t get me wrong…I love happy kids. Being a first grade teacher for twenty plus years, nothing is more satisfying about my job then seeing a happy kid with friendly eyes and a big smile thrilled about an accomplishment, a kind word shared, or a great time at recess. They smile and love listening as I read aloud a favorite first grade book. They laugh at the silly poems and chants. Excited for recess, they help each other clean up their snacks and sit criss-cross applesauce on the floor, waiting for me to dismiss them so they can see more friends out on the playground.
I guess the bit of jealousy is there because I wished that mine felt that way about going to school.
The last couple of weeks, I have been slightly green about the perfectly executed, Pinterest inspired, first day pictures that covered Facebook. Toothy smiles proudly displaying some creative way to remember their current age or grade. Standing in new clothes, donning a recently purchased backpack, and carrying a carefully selected lunchbox; they are eager to head off and see what is scheduled for today.
We have a first day picture, there is no smile. He looks so handsome in his new blue polo and gray pants, but his upset face distracts you from his first day of school outfit.
The morning of the first day of school, we heard about nerves and anxiety and believe me, we were nervous too. We were nervous that this transition to third grade would be too much for him. We were worried that the kid that taunted him in first grade, the one in his class again, would quickly figure out his newest buttons and would get the reaction that he was looking for…again, in third grade.
Honestly, I am cautiously optimistic. My eyes are just a shade of green right now, but that will disappear once everyone is in their regular everyday clothes and the new backpacks and lunch pails are all a bit scuffed! 🙂
I’m wondering…Did anyone else experience a less than Pinterest perfect back to school day?