It seems like just yesterday I was mentally preparing myself for Alex’s first day of Kindergarten. I had thought it might be easier the second time around, but the truth is, it wasn’t. With Alex starting school, I wondered what in the heck I would do with myself, because after all, I had spent the better part of nine years caring for kids full-time. In the blink of an eye, the year came and went. Today, I sit here mentally preparing myself for him to start first grade.
And holding back tears as I do it.
As I sat down with my laptop tonight, I had intended to write “Letters To Crazy People” (because y’all there are tons out there!), and then I remembered that I promised Becky I’d bring Thursday Thirteen back sometime, and thought this was as good a time as any.
Three years ago, I asked Stevie to share thirteen things he learned in Kindergarten. I thought it would be fun to do the same thing with Alex, especially since they had the same Kindergarten teacher. He loves school and enjoyed his time in Kindergarten, [Rainbowland] so I knew this would probably be an eclectic mix of information.
Here are my sweet boys on the first day of school.
1. “If an animal has hair it does not have eggs.”
When he first mentioned this to me several weeks ago, I had to think about it a minute. I couldn’t think of any exceptions.
2. “A frog does not have bumpy skin, but a toad does.”
Well, okay. Never thought about that, either.
3. “The Man of Liberty is actually something that looks like a man, but is made up of states of America.”
Geez, did they teach this stuff when we were in Kindergarten?
4. “The hardest rainbow rule for me to follow was, keep hands, feet, other body parts and objects to self.”
Well, your mama had trouble with listening and following directions, so I’m not sure where you get this from.
5. “Mainly, I learned how to read.”
Yes, indeed you did.
6. Isopods are bugs with large shells that roll themselves into a ball.
I don’t think I ever heard the word isopod until he talked about learning it in school.
7. I learned how to draw well in art class.
He loved art class so much. I was surprised at many of the paintings and drawings he bought home.
8. There is a song about Arizona. Mrs. Felton sang part of it, but she couldn’t remember all of it.
News to me, too.
9. I learned almost everything to do on the computer.
This one cracked me up because Mrs. Felton remarked to me several times that Alex would “boot the classroom computers up” for her in the mornings.
10. If you cut an apple straight down, you will see a star of seeds.
Kindergarten is so much fun!
11. You cannot bring guns or swords to school.
Unless you want a three-day vacation.
12. A certain kind of worm will come out at day or night. An earthworm comes out at day. A night crawler comes out at night.
13. Every animal has something to protect themselves.
Thanks Mrs. F. for a great year of learning!