Yesterday, was the start of something new. I attended my very first parent orientation. Mason will be attending preschool on September 1st. Unlike most preschool settings, this program consists of 3 buses located throughout the county which have been converted into classrooms. The children attend classes two days a week for 1hr and 45 minutes each day.
During the orientation, Ms. Lisa discussed all the policies and procedures. And as I listened, the reality started to set in. My little boy is growing up and starting school. And although it's not on a full-time basis yet, I can't help but feel a little heartbroken. Next year will be a whole different ball game and it will be here sooner than I know it. It's really hard letting go, but I know the coming year will be very helpful to the both of us.
It was clear to me that he's also going to have a hard time letting go of me as well. During the orientation, the children were invited to visit two of the three buses. First we visited Betsie, the cow spotted bus. Mason was very hesitant and held on to my leg as tight as he could. The teacher welcomed him and gave him a quick little tour. "Would you like to stay and play for a while, while I go and meet with Ms. Lisa?", I asked. He didn't like that idea. So, I thought maybe he'd like visiting BeeBee, the purple bus that was full of kids playing. Nothing changed. He still hesitated. It wasn't the reaction I was hoping for but I wasn't surprised. He's a little shy, at first, but I know he'll learn to love it once he gets used to the idea and makes new friends.
I do think that deep down inside there's a part of him that's looking forward to it. Today we met with our builder and the first thing he said to him was, "You know what?!!! I'm going to school!!!" He had the biggest grin on his face. :o)
I'm so excited for him!