Luke had his first day of "school" today. He was so proud to go, so proud of the lunch he helped me make, so proud of his locker and all of his supplies.
He walked down the big hallway and with twinkly wide eyes said, "What is this place?"
"This is your school buddy!"
"Oh, okay mawn."
And off he went. We got everything situated just so, in his locker and he sat right down to play John Deere tractors with the other boys. He gave me a kiss and a hug and never looked back.
I talked with his teacher for a minute before I walked out of the room. I looked in to see if he noticed that I was gone and clearly he could have cared less. I hesitated in the doorway before I walked out of the building and back to the car. There were no tears we were both just so proud to be so secure with this new routine.
I found him playing on the playground. He looked so tired. I scooped him up and we hugged for what seemed like 10 minutes. "I was awaiting for you Mawm. I couldn't find you. I made a flower, but I didn't want to make 'nother one."
"Did you have fun today!?"
"Yeah I did have fun. I made a flower. I need to get my stuff Mawm. It's in my school."
"Well okay let's go get it."
"Some boy made me so, so sad. He broke my feelins Mawm. Brodie is my best friend. He is because he is nice. I play John Deere tractor with him and he play dump truck. That 'nother boy hurt me, teacher told him to sit on floor. He broke my feelins."
And so it begins. The heart ache and the soaring pride. Tomorrow is another day I told him.
"I'm sure that boy didn't mean it, if it happens again just tell him you forgive him and keep on playing okay?"
"Okay. I did miss you Mawm. I love you."