I swore I wouldn't do it, but I started to get all choked up as that kindergarten classroom door closed.
Not so much because he's growing up, but because it was one of those "Damn, I really am a grown up" sort of moments.
I have two kids, a house, an SUV, I'm waiting in the car rider line...
I'm a real, live grown up.
How the heck did it happen? When??
I picked him up after school and he shouted out as soon as he saw me, "I had a great day at school today!" He was so genuinely happy.
We hopped in the car and I began the obligatory quiz:
Ashley: Did you make friends?
Big Kid: Lots of fwiends. I have so many fwiends.
Ashley: How nice! Who was your favorite friend today?
Big Kid: Hmmmm. I fink Hudson. He wasn't here today, but dat's who I pick.
Ashley: He wasn't there today? ...
Big Kid: No. Not yet. My second favowite is Justin, 'cuz dat rhymes wif Hudson.
So his best friend at school today was the one absent kid?? Am I right to be concerned? Because that's weird. We know he's weird, but come on now.
little kid is gearing up for a major Separation Anxiety phase. We didn't do that with Big Kid because he was easy. Not little kid.
As soon as he realized I was headed for the door after dropping him off at daycare, he stepped between me and it, held his arms out wide, and said, "Mum, Doh go mum. No doh go mum. Muuuum." Then he started crying. I finally just had to make a break for it and pull away while watching him cry in the window.
He was having a grand old time when I picked him up though and she said he did great. But tonight when I had to leave the house to run an errand he pulled the "Doh go, mum" business again and followed me around crying. It kind of breaks my heart.
But I guess all in all, today went really well. I got stuff done, Big Kid liked school, little kid had fun at day care, and I realized I was a real, live grown up...well that last part sucked, but still.