Today was my son’s first day of pre-school. His first day into the journey of education…for the next two decades, hahaha. I have been so excited for him to start since the day I got the email from the school informing me he no longer had to wait on the waiting list! I am extremely picky about other people watching or even being around my son so for him to get accepted into this school put my mind at ease knowing he is in good hands with the very attentive, professional, and caring staff. He’s never been in day care or in any other setting where he is apart from a relative. I called in work to let them know i would be running late just so I could observe and spend time with Monks to let him know his mom trusts the people he is being left with all day.
As I watched the teacher and little students interact during their introductions it was extremely apparent my son was the new kid. He stuck out like a sore thumb with his little curly head. Surprisingly, he was the only child with curly hair in his class and he was the tallest! Like seriously… biologically, I didn’t think it would be possible for me to produce offspring gifted in height, hahaha. Growing up, I was recognized as the smallest kid in class throughout my years in elementary to middle school.
When I felt like it was a good breaking point, I told him I had to go to work and I would pick him up after I got out of school. He didn’t seem too bothered. He gave me a kiss and said bye. So, I figured he adjusted just fine within that first hour making it so much easier on my conscience to walk out of the school. When I got to my car, I had to let it out. Yes, I cried. I couldn’t help it! I don’t know if anyone understands just how proud I am of both him and I.
We’ve been on a challenging journey together since day one. I feel relieved to see him in such a positive environment where he can utilize and develop basic social and learning skills.
Today was the reminder I needed to get me through these upcoming months. The excitement and happiness I saw in his face made me so proud. For a moment I felt like my sacrifices and hard work I’ve put in was not in vain. These early mornings, long days, and late nights consumed by classes, school work, and my job are all worth every exhausting minute. I know that eventually this hard work will turn into the worry free life I have always dreamed of for the both of us <3