Remember when I said I wasn’t getting emotional as school was approaching for Charlotte? Well, the joke was most certainly on me. As soon as the director of her pre-k opened the doors and shouted “welcome to school!” and Charlotte ran in, the tears started. When we went inside her classroom and I knew it was time to say goodbye I was physically choking back my tears to not upset her. I did exactly what they told us to do – I hugged her, said I love you and I’ll be back. Then I ran out of the room while Eric did the same thing, and then SHE ran out of the room looking for me and begging me to stay while her teacher had to drag her back in and I walked down the halls openly sobbing. The director saw me and said “it’s going to be OK, she’s in great hands!” And yes, I know that of course, but leaving your screaming child in an unfamiliar place was a real gut punch I wasn’t expecting. For all the times she drives me crazy and I beg to get away from her, in that moment I wanted nothing more than to run into the classroom and hold her and tell her it was going to be fine.
But I didn’t. And after I cried into a Wendy’s bacon cheeseburger and went back to pick her up, Eric and I saw her in the playground, holding her precious dog Tom and the teacher’s hand, lining up for dismissal. And when she came out of class she had a big smile on her face and no more tears. It also helped to know that each and every child in her class cried and they needed extra teachers to help with the transition of 14 sobbing 3 year olds. So at least she wasn’t the only one, right?
And now I’m grateful that I never have to drop her off again because I’d rather avoid that scene and I think she’ll do better with the babysitter than she’d ever do with me. But I’m so excited to see where this year takes her. She’s going to be great, I just know it.
Also, I filled out one of those adorable back to school signs with all of the questions she answered. It’s in the back seat of my car because when I asked her to hold it she told me I was “so rude” and then screamed hysterically. So just add that to the list of things I waste my money on.