We walked into the girls’ school Wednesday and went to find Kaylie’s classroom first. When we found the grade six classroom with her name on the list, we also found the names of her two best friends. Perfect! She walked slowly into the classroom. “You good?” I asked her. She turned around, nodded, and walked toward her friend E. We’d seen her other best friend, C, leaving the room as we walked in. And then again on the way to Liliana’s class. Maybe he was pulling a Noah and taking an “extended bathroom break” to wander around.
We then ventured off to find Liliana’s classroom. Originally I’d chosen for her to go on Tuesday and Thursday, but since they needed someone to switch to Monday and Wednesday, I volunteered to switch. I am so glad I did. I mean, maybe it wouldn’t have mattered anyway, but I really like Liliana’s teacher. The teacher in the other classroom (maybe they are M/W kids, too?) kind of scared me. She was wearing a Britney Spears-esque mic that projected to the entire classroom. It just didn’t seem necessary. She seemed to have a very loud voice and was very stern with one of the kids. On the first day. In the first five minutes. Liliana’s teacher is young and gentle, but already doesn’t take any of Liliana’s crap. I like her.
The boys and I stayed with Liliana for the hour that she was scheduled to be there. It was … not boring. I can’t remember what Liliana said, but it wasn’t anything even remotely horrendous, yet one of the other parents raised her eyebrow at me. I wanted to deck her. But I didn’t. Restraint! I has it!
I walked around with the boys while the story was being read and the other parents were dutifully filling out some paperwork. I came back in when I heard, “And your parents are going to help you with a craft!” Yippee!
The book they’d read had something to do with “kissing hands” (which sounded quite creepy), and so the kids made “kissing hands”. I think the idea was that I was supposed to “kiss” the heart and Liliana was supposed to keep the hand at school so that she could get it out if she missed me. Well, obviously the teacher has not had a child like Liliana before, because Liliana is not going to miss me. She did not even want me to be there on her first day.
Liliana asked Miss M to help her spell “I love you”. Miss M tried to get Liliana to write “I ♥ U”, but Liliana protested. “NO! I need you to help me to spell it. That is not how you spell it!” I am going to assume that, when the time comes, she is going to text me in complete words in complete sentences, none of this short-form text lingo stuff. She rarely uses contractions as it is.
The “kissing hands” were supposed to stay at school, but Liliana insisted on taking hers home. “So that I can show Daddy and Kaylie.” It’s not like she needs it at school anyway, because I WON’T MISS YOU, MOM.
Oh, and when they were getting ready to read the book earlier, all the kids were sitting quietly, obediently, waiting for the story to start, when Liliana says, loudly, “Miss M! After this, you need to show me all the things in the classroom and where they go, okay?”
Let’s just say that everyone knew her name by the end of the hour. And at her first swimming lesson that night, the entire facility knew her name. LILIANA!
When we picked Kaylie up later in the day — her first day was a full day — she had only positive things to say. She had a great time with her friends, and even had a new kid in her class who had been in her cabin at camp this summer. Score!
(Speaking of her camp, they did a Call Me Maybe parody. It is hilarious.)
Kaylie’s second day went well, and I’m hoping her third is going just as well. We’re off to Regina for the weekend this afternoon, and she has a sleepover scheduled with her best friend there tonight. It’s weird and lovely to have moved such a short distance away, one of the good parts being that she can see her friend once in a while.
And I get to see a few of mine, so that is pretty rad, too.
Have a good weekend, y’all.
*Post title: Has anyone else seen Veggie Tales’ Jonah? No? Just me? That song is stuck in my head.