Joseph is starting preschool on tuesday. He will only go two half days of course, but for his mommy it is an enormous step.
Last wednesday there was an orientation for parents. The invitation said from 6.30 to 8 pm to meet the teachers and see the rooms and see to last minute details etc. I will admit I was as nervous as if he was filling out college aplications. I wanted him and us to make a good impression.
First of all I wanted to be perfectly on time, so I picked my husband up early and we were on our way. Joseph looked so cute in his summery shirt, and shorts and sneakers.
And then, just when we were about five more minutes driving from the YMCA.. he threw up all over himself. Not sick for an entire day, but all of a sudden out of the blue.. gulp. Okay.. so we needed to drive home instead. We run into the house, get Joseph out of the carseat with a towel, to avoid getting stuff all over us and while my husband tries to clearn out the car seat I hose Joseph off in the bad.
We drive back to the YMCA, definitely late and in a smelly car, not certain if certain odours would not cling to us all by the time we arrived.
Luckily the meeting turned out to be a drop in. Joseph will belong to the doodelbugs group. And we received a folder with all the relevant information. What to bring.. what not to bring. And so on.
The teachers were very friendly and immediately impressed with Joseph's.... running capabilities. As usual, our little boy found standing or sitting still rather boring when there was this whole new building to explore. Mommy and daddy were tag teaming, and the teachers were jumping in as well to keep him out of places he should not be. He was very impressed with the window through which he could see the swimming pool and I wonder if he will like the swimming lessons he gets on tuesday.
At a certain moment, Joseph discovered a computer in the reception area. Ooohhh... he needed to explore that! The teacher allowed him to do so while sitting on her lap. Joseph was extatic. And rewarded her by showing off. He pushed buttons on the keyboard and as they appeared on the screen in the drawing program she had opened, he started to correctly name them, one by one. Then to conclude the performance, he sang the ABC song. Apparently he is well versed when it comes to the "Aabee's" as he likes to call it.
When mommy and daddy had filled out the last of the paperwork, his teacher asked cheerily if he would want to go back to mommy. Joseph however did not see the need. "No mommy". Clearly he felt perfectly comfortable where he was.
So comfortable even that when we went home, he tried to run back several times when we were walking to the car. And that same evening he went to the garage door at least twice telling us "pea school" "pea school"
We explained he needed to wait a few more days before he could return to pre school. I wonder if he will be AS happy on tuesday when he actually must manage for three whole hours without mommy.