The report from the first day of school is, school is AWESOME! The girls had a really great first day. They met new friends and got to know their teachers. The girls were comparing notes when they got home - saying "my classroom had this" and "my classroom had that" - it was really cute. Lydia was very excited that she met a girl in her class that she liked and that the girl rode the same bus home, so they got to sit together. Lydia informed me that she wants to invite the girls to her birthday party. Arlene met two new little friends named Megan and Haley and she was particularly happy about that because she has a cousin named Haley.
There was a little incident on the bus in the morning ... which is actually just more funny than anything else, but it was a teachable moment none-the-less. When they got off the bus at the end of their first day, we loaded into the car and went out to lunch to celebrate. Lydia tells me straight away, "I have to tell you something serious." Oh no, I thought! It's "serious!" I was really ready for her to tell me something trivial yet of course "serious" to her. She says, "A boy on the bus was mean to me." What? I prodded her some more but she didn't want to tell me. I told her that she had to tell me while we were eating lunch. I told her don't forget. She said, "I will never forget. I will remember until I'm married." Oh no! What could this be? Finally, at lunch I got it out of her. Some little kid on the bus was making fun of her, and he told her that she had, and I quote, a "fat but." WHAT?! She said that the kid was older than her, she thought he was in second grade. She said, "It's not nice to make fun of a kindergartner on her first day of school" and I totally agreed!
We agreed that she does NOT have a "fat butt" and that he was just being mean. I explained that sometimes kids are mean for no reason and the best thing to do is to ignore him. She said that's what she did - she acted like she couldn't hear him. We agreed that some kids are unhappy so they try to make other kids unhappy, but that we're happy so we won't let them bother us! We also established that they will not sit by this little heathen on the bus and that if he makes fun of them again, that they'll tell the bus driver. Goodness gracious! I am hoping this was an isolated incident. She didn't seem to upset or sad about it, I think she was just more shocked by it. They've been sheltered, I guess you could say, from meanness. Unfortunately they had to experience it on their first day on the bus! The incident didn't overshadow all of the good, exciting happy things that they experienced their first day though, so that's good!
And look, I got a cute in-the-bus picture this morning!
You can see Arlene's head behind Lydia's.
Tee hee - cute! You notice in the first-day pictures, they had sweaters on. It felt like fall. Well the heat's back and we're back to shorts and t-shirts because it was already hot and muggy at the bus stop this morning!
Look at their big girl shoes! Big girl athletic shoes for big girls!
I wasn't emotional at all this morning, good for me! It's still weird seeing them off but I'm getting used to it.
Oh! I have been informed, by Arlene, that she would like her goodbye kisses in the house, not in the driveway. Haha! Fine, little missy!