31 August 2009

First day of 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th grades!!

My house is amazingly silent this morning.

It took me a good two weeks (or more) of summer break to get used to having my four little people home from school...the elevated noise level in the house and little someones was always needing me for something. This morning, I miss the noise.

All the kids got up at 6am, and dressed in their new school clothes. They ate breakfast without me (I was showering and getting dressed during that time) and then ran around the house, letting out some of their nervous energy. I made four lunches, combed hair, and took their first day of school pictures. We left the house at 7:40 am, and walked to the elementary school. We found Isaiah's classroom, and then London's. They were happy to be back. Isaiah was put right to work by his teacher...she needed to plug in a computer to take attendance, but couldn't fit under the table the computer was sitting on to get it plugged in. Isaiah happily volunteered for the job. =)

At 8am, Brooklin, Caleb, and I walked out of the elementary school, and down the road to the middle school. It was nice to spend some extra time with them. Typically, I walk with (or drive) Brooklin most of the way to school, and then she would walk the final distance herself, but since it was Caleb's first day of middle school, I walked all the way to the front doors with them. I asked them how long I should stay. They both said I should stay until they at least found their friends. Brooklin was quick in finding her group, and went off to greet her friends. Caleb saw a group of kids from his elementary, but didn't go over to them. I asked him if he wanted me to stay or go, and he would just shrug his shoulders and say, "I don't know." Then the nerves got the best of him, and tears squeaked out of the corners of his eyes. His emotions have always been right under the surface. Brooklin, who had been visiting with her friends, came over and said, "Hey Caleb! Come over and meet my friends!...wait...what's wrong?" I told her he was just nervous, and she gave him a big hug, wiped his tears, and told him it would be ok!! I was so proud of her, I almost cried. She gave him another hug, and told him a joke so he could laugh. She stayed with him, until he had control of his emotions again, and then he went over to meet her friends with her.

The doors to the school were finally unlocked, and kids started to go inside. Caleb looked a little nervous again, but just then I saw his good friend TJ, and said, "Caleb! Look! TJ! Go get him!" With a big smile on his face, he ran off to meet up with his friend. I took that moment to step back...and walk home alone.


Vaughns said...

What a good story. I remember that. I remember going to new schools and not having that someone to go talk to before class started. You are such a good mom to stay there with him and his sister handled it like a big sister should. Thanks for sharing.

Marnie Strasser said...

Wow! I am impressed! What a good sister! I hope they will develop their relationship more and be really good friends like Levi and I because nothing is better than having a good friend like your brother, or sister in Caleb's case!

Kelly said...

That's awesome she was willing to introduce him to her friends!

Did they have a good first day?