We were prepped. A school tour in the spring to see the chicken coop and classrooms (in that order). New clothes were bought on sale (at Tea Collection!) earlier in the summer. We bought new shoes weeks ago from H&M. A tiffin lunchbox from the Indian store, hoping to cut down on plastic bags and tupperware to pack food in. A muffin breakfast the week before to meet the teacher. A new haircut and new Star Wars backpack purchased the weekend before.
We planned to take pictures and I set up the chalkboard the night before, but we ended up barely getting ready to make it to school before the second bell rang.
I walked with them the whole back to his classroom. His teacher very graciously invited me inside to stay as long as I wanted.
First thing, he very proudly told his teacher about how much he the glitter she gave him helped him sleep the night before. The second was opening a new pack of crayons.
Avinash came bursting out of school with a big grin and on the lookout for his friends in other classes. He eagerly told me all about the friends he had so far (four), his lunch (cheese ravioli with a cookie and chocolate milk) and his favorite class (art). I made a little video too because it is so easy to forget these little details.
On the second day everything was back to normal, ha!
- Avinash wore the same pants and I didn't say anything. (I totally didn't realize until the afternoon.)
- There was no mention of breakfast, let alone fried eggs.
- At pickup, instead of getting out of the car, I used the carpool lane which was suddenly empty. Good thing too because I had house only sweats on.
- No pictures and no confetti, but he was still excited to tell me about his day (as long as I wouldn't make him talk too long so he could go back to listening to Harry Potter on tape.)