I’m really not sure who is more nervous about school starting next week, our daughter or me. In the past, we haven’t had the greatest experiences with the public school systems we’ve lived in. Our daughter has been homeschooled the last year and a half. But she’s ready to go back to school and I want to be encouraging and supportive.
Tonight was open house at her new school. The staff all seemed friendly. Her teacher was warm and welcoming. We spent about an hour meeting people and walking around the school. She signed up to receive information about Girl Scouts. We even checked out the playground (because this is extremely important when checking out a new school). When we left open house she was chatting excitedly about the approaching school year.
I have been watching as friends post their first day pictures and announcements and I’ve fretted. Her first day is Tuesday, and I’m suffering from first day jitters already. I didn’t sleep last night in anticipation of meeting her teacher. My stomach was in knots all day. I swear it feels like I’m going back to school. It was like that with my son, too. Am I the only parent who suffers first day jitters like a school kid?
She’s excited, so I am excited for her. I hope that her 5th grade year is as wonderful as she is imagining it will be.