Sunday, July 29, 2007

The Kindergarten Snack Calendar

I was going through Eric's school folder this evening getting things ready for another week of school and in the folder I found the "Kindergarten Snack Calendar". The third week in August, right there in big black letters I see my name. It's not a big deal that I'm listed to bring snacks - I can handle that . . . the big deal is that my name is listed on the KINDERGARTEN snack calendar. I'm 46 years old and I'm on the KINDERGARTEN snack calendar. How did this happen? Okay, so I know how this happened, but really .... KINDERGARTEN?!

Funny thing is, Eric is my first child that I will actually have the opportunity to experience Kindergarten with. Hilary started school when she was three because of her hearing loss and the school she attended in St. Louis from ages 5 through 12 did not have grades - the kids were grouped based on speech skills. Mary started Kindergarten the same year Jack was born, so I didn't even see Mary during much of her Kindergarten year because I was basically living at the hospital from November through June. In fact, Mary's Kindergarten graduation was the same day Jack was trached. Jack came out of his trach surgery about 2pm and then I rushed over to Mary's school just in time for her graduation ceremony. (It was the first of many times to come where I had to put on my happy face when I was dying inside.) And Jack, well . . . he's never attended school.

So, I really should savor this opportunity to deliver a big ol' box of Teddy Grahams or Goldfish to my son's KINDERGARTEN classroom. Really . . . I should.


Anonymous said...

I'm right with you Ann. My daughter is going into 1st grade in September, and I am 46 too. It seemed like a good idea at the time to be an older parent :) Forgot how much extra work hauling around a disabled 10 year old would be though. We get through it, though.

- betty

kristy said...

Well, you don't look a day over 36! Have fun with the teddy grahams and goldfish!

Cindy said...

I can see having a kindergartener at 46, but snacks for the whole class? No way;-)