I admit, I never thought it would happen, but I cried at the kids’ pre-school today. We got all ready for the first day of school. We packed lunches. We wore cute outfits. We talked about our teachers and how excited we were to see our friends again. We attempted to take first day pictures for our memory books. I imagined 3 hours to get things done in silence and maybe even take a nap. The whole family was excited!
That excitement was short lived. Ross and I argued over the light for the pictures because we were tired and probably a little crabby and ready for school to start. The kids fought over who would hold Violet and the picture above is the best we got. I got irrationally annoyed that my 3 kids – all under 3 – could not get a professional looking photograph because they could not stop arguing and sit still for one minute. I admit it – my nerves were (are) frayed. I over-reacted. But I kept thinking there is only 1 first day of school each year – and we have to capture it.
Turns out I am a fool. Ross kept saying Monday and I kept thinking today was September 1, not August 30. We pulled up to the pre-school and there was some sort of event going on for a local college. There was no drop-off line. There were not teachers. I pulled out my blackberry and looked at the date. August 30. There was no school today.
As much as I love my kids, as I pulled out of the parking lot, I cried. I am tired…really tired. It might sound wrong but 2 more days seems like a lot right now. I have nothing planned for kids and a lot of things I will have to push back. The kids were hysterical because of our mistake so they cried too. To be honest, I think we all need a little break, some time to be ourselves with our friends. They have been SO excited to start. I know not all kids are like this but I swear to you my kids are some sort of super social crazy pre-schoolers who live and breathe for “kid-time”.
So now, I have wiped my tears and taken a little break while they watched Dora. It is time for me to go make my kids smile and laugh and spend these last couple days together before they run off to their friends.
I have re-scheduled my nap for Wednesday. I will prepare an area for the new First Day of School Pics. I will re-pack their lunches and we will get excited all over again talking about friends and teachers.
We can’t wait for the “Real” First Day of School!
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