10.01.2008

First Day

Cal's first day of school went well.

We missed the bus by 30 seconds. No, really - the girls were trying to tell the bus driver to wait, but the language thing didn't work out. They pulled away as we came out of the elevator. Apparently, the bus monitor is very uptight and will wait for no one or nothing for no amount of time. When they dropped Cal off this afternoon, he gave me a printout of their route with our stop highlighted and said in a very thick accent, "Every morning. Do not be late."

Allrightie then. I get the point. The thing is, we weren't late this morning. The bus left without him. So there.

Anyway, David caught a cab and took Cal in because after all the hype of "Tomorrow's your first day, you need to bathe and comb your hair and brush your teeth," we couldn't just say, "Let's try again tomorrow since the bus left without you today." Baths two days in a row would kill the kid, you know.

Cal's not saying much, but he liked riding the bus and he likes his teacher and he says all the kids are wild. He ate all his lunch and truly regretted not having time to finish his carrot sticks so he gobbled them up once he got home. His teacher wrote a nice note home, apparently tested his reading and general brightness today and he seems to check out all right.

I asked him about his activity hour (they offer "after school activities" that are actually during the school day and are more like lessons or clubs). He said he plans to go to Tae Kwan Do but since today was his first day and he didn't know anyone or any Tae Kwan Do he decided to stay with Miss Katherine. "Oh? And what did you do with Miss Katherine?"

"I went with her to Drama Club. Ha! I don't know why it's called that. Drama. Huh. All they did was pick cards and do what was on the card. I didn't do it because I just wasn't into it."

I gotta get him signed up for activities for sure.

It didn't feel entirely "first day of school"-ish today and I didn't sob (yet). Mostly, I think he is loving it and if he's happy, I'm happy. We're all going to be fine.

I am considering on online auction of my four-year-old, though. Who'll start the bidding?

5 comments:

Gabriela said...

that't great he's happy! My kids have "afterschool activites". The puntuality sounds quite different from Latin time.

You bag story is a hoot-I'm glad you got your stuff. Stuff is important when you are living far from home. :)

Janelle said...

Glad Cal had a good day! And you made it without sobbing-that's a challenge, I know.

As far as the bidding, I'll take another 4 year old if you'll take the first grader homework time of spelling words...

Jane @ Amazing Trips said...

You know, I'm kind of relieved he missed the bus on the first day of school!! I'm glad that it went well for him - and you - and that you're off to a roaring start.

Good luck with the 4-year old auction. I might be following suit, very soon.

Ambulance Mommy said...

ok how about this...I'll trade you one overtired almost 2 year old for your 4 year old for a day, and we'll see if you still want to auction him off :)

Valerie aka Mamalovelock said...

Glad his first day went well, too bad about the bus situation.

Four year old blues? I am normally singing the This-two-year-old-is-going-to-be-the-death-of-me-blues, so I feel for ya.