“You didn’t make any new friends?”
“Not on the first day of school!”
Paolo wasn’t excited or nervous for his first day of ‘real’ school. He approached it like it was any other day of school. He did catch a little of the First Day Fever as we were walking up to the school with the hundreds of other kids. As a long time nerd, I wanted him to be as excited about going to school as I was. Well, I quickly saw that wasn’t going to happen. His new teacher put his name tag on him and the excitement blew over. As a mother, I wanted an emotional goodbye hug and kiss before entering the school. That didn’t happen either. He coolly followed the line into school without looking back. With a catch in my throat and an empty hand I headed over to my friend’s house to dissect our first drop-off.
I spent the day wondering how he liked his classroom, if he was making new friends, if he was able to open his lunch alright and a million other things. I wanted details. And I wanted A LOT of them. I wanted to email the teacher. I wanted to peek in the windows. I wanted to be a fly on the wall. I wanted to BE THERE.
My husband picked him up at 3:00. I waited for a call or even a text. Nothing. At 4:30 I finally texted asking how his day went. The response, “He had a good day.” ARGH!
I walked in the door after work, left my stuff on the floor and dropped onto the chair next to Paolo, “Tell me about your day!” He did volunteer some information, the rest I had to dig for. Here’s what I was able to find out:
- He had Spanish class and they learned ‘Mano arriba, mano abajo’
- He ate all his lunch, he only needed a little help from the student teacher to get things open and ‘Oh by the way, I got milk…chocolate milk, Mom.’ The little sneak. He bought it on credit and I packed him a lunch with a rare Capri Sun.
- Tomorrow he would like school lunch.
- He sat next to Elliott and Ethan at lunch.
- He played with Elliott and Ethan at recess.
- He didn’t make any new friends.
- There are THREE recess times.
- Elliott helped him open his locker.
- He did not have to use the bathroom all day (how is that possible?).
- Frogs and Toads start next week.
- He was able to find Dad right away after school.