Today was Annie Kate's first day of second grade. What a great day full of traditions and memories.
She of course woke up early, made her own lunch and breakfast. (not a often occurrence) We crimped her hair and ironed her clothes. I raced to get the kids in the stroller to walk to school (so nice to live so close) and a knock on the door with 6 kids wanting her to walk to school with them. Prayers have been answered. We had a large group of kids out front and the excitement was contagious. Caroline walked the whole way there holding Willy's hand. It was so cute!
Annie Kate seemed ok, not too nervous. We took the photos out back on the deck so she wouldn't be so embarrassed in front of the kids. I was the only mom who made her stand in front of the sign out front of the school.
We got to the front of the school and just kind of stood there. I got a little teary, she tried to be strong and I have her a big hug and a kiss on the lips. She wiped it off and said, "Mom!" She ran off into the school and then seconds later she was back again for another hug. Just like in the movies. Such a great memory!
I then went for a little walk and met up with some friends at Starbucks for a little "Boo Hoo Breakfast" (they both had boys in Kindergarten) Walked over to the craft store and then headed home. ( I was pleasantly surprised at my mileage. The Garmin has been out of juice so I didn't know how far the route, Jeff tracted out for me, was until today)
Annie came running out of her school right on time with a wonderful 7 year old grin. She said the day was good, a little lonely. She ate lunch by herself as well as being alone at recess. She said she didn't meet any new friends, but tomorrow she plans on telling everyone she is from Tennessee hoping that will increase her chances. (so funny)
What a blessing it is to be a mom. I hope she has many wonderful fun memories as I did growing up about the beginning of school.
Here is a list of my elementary school teachers. How many of yours can you name?
- Kindergarten Mrs. Paradise
- First - Mrs. Tillman
- Second - Mrs. Sumner
- Third - Mrs. Watkins
- Fourth - Mrs. Chalekian (best ever, I even sent her a wedding invite)
- Fifth - Mrs. Rankin
- Sixth - Mrs. Murray