First Day of Kindergarten
by Grace Fox
I nearly worried myself sick in the weeks leading to my son’s kindergarten debut. How will he manage? Will he be okay?
“I don’t want you to drive me to school. I want to ride the bus,” Matthew announced the day prior. He was six years old, for cryin’ aloud. How could he possibly express such blatant independence?
I thought my heart would break. So did my husband. He took an extended lunchtime and drove 45 miles home from work to lend moral support as I put Matthew on the bus.
We watched the yellow vehicle swallow our son. He peered out the window and waved goodbye.
Hubby looked at me and read my mind. “Okay,” he said. “Let’s do it.”
We buckled our two daughters into their car seats and tailed the bus to school—at a clandestine distance, of course. We pulled into the parking lot and watched Matthew exit the bus, walk through the playground, and enter the classroom door.
I cried all the way home. My firstborn—my painfully shy son who still enjoyed afternoon naps—had just shown more courage than his mother. Maybe my worries were for nothing. Maybe everything would be okay after all.
Grace Fox is an international speaker and the author of nine books including Tuck-Me-In Talks With Your Little Ones: Creating Happy Bedtime Memories. She is a member of the writing team for “First 5,” a Bible study app produced by Proverbs 31 Ministries.