|First Day of School: January 5, 2015|
So, here we are after two full weeks of school, and we have found our new normal. When I dropped Lilly and Jack off this morning, Lilly said her usual, "Bye Mom," and was talking a mile a minute to the teacher who took her out of the car. Jack got out of the car, turned around and said, "Bye Mom, I hope you and Hannah have a fun morning! I'll see you at lunchtime." And then Lilly put her arm around Jack and walked him through the doors and down to his classroom. Nothing profound or amazing. But simple words and simple actions that let me drive away from school with a proud smile on my face.
I love picking Jack up at noon. He chats the entire way home about his day. They are such different conversations from my ones with Lilly, who informs me not only what she did during the day but what every other child in the class did as well. Jack, on the other hand, tells me what he had for snack and how he didn't want to sit on the ellipse when the bell rang because he wanted to keep doing his "lock work" (work where he has 4 padlocks and 4 keys on a keychain and has to figure out which key unlocks each one). Last week, when I asked him if he knew the names of any other children in the class, he said he didn't yet but maybe he will when he's five like Lilly. Yesterday, he proudly told me that he had a clementine for snack and that he made a friend named Heidi who is 4 and knows how to peel clementines. Such special little moments.
On the way home today, his teacher told me to ask him about Martin Luther King Jr. They were learning about him since he is the reason they don't have school on Monday. So, I asked Jack who MLK was. "Oh, he's the boy in the white shirt." When I asked him what the boy in the white shirt did, Jack told me that "he was nice to people." And that is a perfect 3-year-old description of Martin Luther King.
|Jack's first painting: a rocket.|
|Lilly's painting of a car that drives both ways, that she made for Jack so he wouldn't be sad.|
|Hannah's Mr. Potato Heads!|