I was really amazed. Ellie started a brand new school. She knew one girl she had been in first grade with that would be there. I was worried about the school feeling unfamiliar. I thought it might feel overwhelming starting completely over with friends. Well my worries were put to rest as soon as I saw her after school. She was confident, happy and LOVED her new school. What a relief!!!!!! I love her for being so flexible and brave! Go Ellie!!
Kate had first grade orientation so I got to spend some time with her at the beginning of her day. We took a few pictures outside. Then I asked her how she was feeling. "Kate are you so excited to go to school for a full day? You get to eat lunch at school!" She wanted to do that SO BADLY last year. Tears spilled over and she hugged me tight. Apparently she wasn't so sure about her new schedule. I hugged her for a few minutes and then we went in to class.
As soon as she walked into the school...confidence began showing itself in her stride. She found her locker, the library, her teacher, desk and friends. After just a little bit...a huge smile grew on her face and she happily told me "goodbye" when it was time for me to go. Another huge relief!
When she got home I quizzed her about her lunch. She ate the special first day of school treats I packed for her and....NOTHING ELSE! Her carrot sticks, string cheese and sandwich all looked untouched. She informed me that she did eat inside her sandwich (pb&j). I told her, "Kate, you need to eat your sandwiches at school." She replied, "Well if you give me a FatBoy sandwich (ice cream) I will eat that!"