Yesterday was the big day. Not only was it Apollo’s first day of kindergarten, it was the first day for any of our kids! I was really nervous about whether not Apollo would get on the bus. Would he walk right on with his siblings? Or panic at the last moment? While he has been excitedly anticipating school, he has also become more clingy as the reality sets in. Yesterday Apollo woke up at 1:44 am (yes, I have a kindergartener who still doesn’t sleep through the night) asking if it was time to get up yet. He was excited!
He was ready, bright and early. We packed his lunch together the night before (at the recommendation from the feeding clinic at Children’s). I included a menu so his teacher could help track what he eats (as is written in his 504 plan).
And just like that, he was off! I had a productive day: 6 loads of laundry (washed, dried and folded), a clean kitchen, dropped off stuff at Goodwill, picked up Enoch and Kalina from math, picked up prescriptions and rearranged the little boys’ room. By 2 o’clock I could resist no more and emailed Apollo’s teacher asking how it was going…
She sent this photo and reply:
He is doing great! He transitioned in this morning with no problem and has actively participated in all of our activities. Lunch went well and I made some notes about what he ate. Let me know if you want more info. We will have snack in about 15 minutes. We just had an air break outside and are now having some free choice. He told me he was having a “good” day. Here is a picture of him playing Legos!
Dear friends, you have no idea how great it was to read this! For Apollo it isn’t about school or academics or kindergarten. It is about separation and anxiety. He did it! He went to school. He was safe, he had fun! This is so very much healthier than him demanding to sit on my lap and being to scared to be across the room from me. I pray this is an avenue to open up a whole new world for him.
One small step for man; one giant step for Apollo.