Monday, August 9, 2010

Kindergarten, Here He Comes

All smiles - and in need of a haircut.

Greeted by smiling teachers Ms. Debbie and Ms. Kelly.

My sweet baby boy,

Today you started kindergarten. You wore a pair of blue plaid shorts and a white t-shirt with an American flag on it and you were the cutest little boy in all of Tennessee.

One of these days I wonder if you will remember the story I read you last night as you snuggled under your covers, all nice and clean from a bath. In case you don't, it was The Kissing Hand. I bought it for you in honor of this newest milestone in your young life. You listened quietly while I read and enjoyed the story, but you were more excited to finish watching your Shrek DVD.

One of these days I wonder if you will remember how I took your picture in the foyer just like I did last year on your first day of pre-school. You were wearing the same backpack - but it looked a little smaller this year for some reason.

One of these days I wonder if you will remember how we went to daddy's and my school for a few minutes this morning waiting for your day to officially begin. You went to Daddy's classroom, saw inside the nurse's office, and prowled inside Ms. Angie's closet (where you found legos!) before trying on one of her 7th grade desks for size. You still have a few years to go before it fits.

One of these days I wonder if you will remember how you and I sat at one of my library tables where you wrote your name (JohnH) and drew a person and some shapes. You drew the most beautiful oball I have ever seen.

One of these days I wonder if you will remember how you and I drove to your new school and you pointed out just how close our two schools are to each other. And I told you to remember The Kissing Hand if you got nervous or scared (not that I thought for one moment you might).

One of these days I wonder if you will remember how I picked you up at then end of your phase-in session and you proclaimed that you were "so good today".
And will you remember how Pa Gene and Ma-Ma were waiting for us at the middle school after your school day was over and how they took you home, fed you lunch, let you take a nap and then watched you play with your legos the rest of the day?

Today you started kindergarten. You wore a pair of blue plaid shorts and a white t-shirt with an American flag, chocolate milk, pizza, and green beans on it and you were still the cutest little boy in all of Tennessee.

(a.k.a Mommy)
P.S. This post is linking up as a participant in Kevin and Layla's Favorite Blog Posts of 2010 Party over at the Lettered Cottage. It's one of my three most favorite posts I wrote in my first year to blog.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tyla, That brought tears to my eyes. I love, love that book and remember kissing Mallory's palm before school. I also remember wetting Spencer's cowlicks down before kindergarten too. You have a darling little boy...and a beautiful grown up girl!
Karen L

Amanda said...

Tyla, that was the sweetest thing I have read in a very long time. I had tears in my eyes as I finished. Kids grow up so fast before our very eyes and I love how you are chronicling every bit of it for your kids. You are an inspiration!!

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful, Tyla...what sweet memories for "the cutest little boy in all of Tennessee" and for you as well. These days pass way too quickly as you already know.

Beth B.

Kate (Southern-Belle-Simple) said...

absolutely precious! your little dude is adorable! such important firsts for all.....enjoy them! happy tuesday! xoxo

Anonymous said...

Tyla, This was so sweet, but you didn't bring him to see me! I also love that book. I used to read Griff, Willy Bear, it was about a little bear going to school for the first time.

Jean