Maddie’s first week of kindergarten has been all kinds of awesome. She loves it and seems to be thriving with all the play and social interaction. She adores her teacher and has made friends in her class already… including a new Best Friend. (Not “new” as in replacing her previous Best Friend, but “new” as in additional. She wanted me to be sure and make that distinction, lest anyone think she’s not still going to marry her Best Friend, Lily.)
As a reward for following the classroom rules and making good choices this week, tomorrow after we pick her up, we’re going out for snow cones and then a trip to a new park for some playing. As a reward for me having to get up early and packing a week’s worth of lunches, we’re having pizza delivered for dinner tomorrow night.
A surprise bonus has been spending so much one on one time with Sam. I’ve always known he’s awesome and he’s ALWAYS been my favorite son, but getting to spend so much more time with him is just reaffirming it. His talking has even gotten a tidge better seeing as he can now get a word in edgewise without Chatty Cathy doing all of the talking. He does have moments of missing Maddie and wanting her to come home, but mostly he’s having a blast.
I’ve had some weird and unexpected issues with authority. I guess I’m used to being one of only two people who decide what Maddie’s allowed to eat, wear or do. Suddenly, there are all these rules I have to follow for my own kid. It’s no longer just me and her dad who decide what’s acceptable. It was a bitter pill to swallow at first, but I’m dealing with it. I just keep reminding myself that she’s going to have to follow rules and submit to authority figures for the rest of her life and it’s a normal part of growing up. I still get pissy about it in my head, though. I’m not gonna lie.
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