I put my five year old daughter to the test the other day.
It was a music test on Sirius/XM: Would she like the tween pop princess tune playing on Radio Disney (some Demi Lovato jam–note that my tongue is planted in cheek) or the witty, yet still kid-friendly song “A Walk Around the Block” by Bill Harley?
She picked correctly which proves one thing:
She’s still my little girl.
That makes today’s transition from her little Presbyterian day school to the huge public elementary school so nerve-wracking. It’s a big school and she’s our little girl.
Some of you might be mocking. It’s only kindergarten. No big deal. But when you’re going to a small little class of ten 4 year olds to a school of 750 or so kids, it feels like a big deal to mom and dad.
What I’m So Scared Of
Let me share some fears (some valid, some irrational). If this blog is anything, it’s therapy.
- I’m guessing some of the fifth graders are shaving and are 4 times the size of my daughter. I just don’t want one to trip and fall on her.
- None of her friends from her old school are in her class so she’s totally starting from scratch.
- Will she pick up on the reading?
- Will she get lost going to the restroom?
- Will she get lost getting to our car at the end of the day?
- Will she learn curse words in the first few weeks?
- Will she decide that Demi Lovato is a better listening choice than Bill Harley?
- Will she make friends?
- I know it’s only kindergarten, but will she stick to her guns when her little values are challenged?
- Will she be made fun of?
- Will she make fun of others?
What I’m Excited About
For now, let me end on the positives. While it’s a little scary and sad, it’s also exciting for a few reasons:
- I’m happy for new people to get to meet my daughter–because she’s awesome.
- I’m excited for her because she’s so excited.
- It will be so fun to watch her grow and learn new things.
- My wife and I are excited to volunteer and take part in her education and give some time to the school.
- This is one more step in getting to see who our daughter will become.
Our beautiful little girl is simply doing what tons of little boys and girls do everywhere around this time of year.
She’ll have joy, fun, bumps, bruises. She’ll be encouraged and discouraged. She’ll have a little pain and might inflict a little. She’ll learn and grow through it all.
So will we.
Enjoy your first day sweetie!
P.S. Here’s the winning song (it’s pretty funny):