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Tessa's first day of school

September 11, 2012 - Terri Castelaz
Well Tessa did it, she made it through her first week of prekindergarten. I was a little worried she would be the first three-year-old to be expelled from school. No, I didn’t really think it would happen, but you never know with her.

She was so excited for school to begin. She even liked picking out school clothes, and that is unusual for a girl that doesn’t like shopping much. She just likes to run around and hide underneath the clothes racks. For that reason alone we do not go clothing stores to often. Grandma Joyce bought her backpack, which is almost as big as her, but that is the one she wanted. Didn’t matter that the buckles are pulled so tight that the are hanging on the ground, she wanted it. She also got a special lunch box and utensils from her special friend, Michelle.

I’ll never forget the look on her face the morning of her first day. She was so proud. She just beamed. We awoke at 6 a.m. and I think she was all ready before 6:30 a.m. She wanted to leave right then and there, saying “lets go, lets go mom” repeatedly. So having to wait another two hours before school started didn’t sit to well with her.

We finally arrive at school. She was very quiet waiting in the hallway of the school for her classroom door to open. I think she was just taking it all in. The door to her room opened, she must have been the first one through the door. I was talking with another mother just outside the door so when I got into the room she already had her backpack and jacket hung up. I asked her how she knew which hook was hers. Her response was “Because my name is there, duh.” Should have known she knew that.

It was time for me to leave her there. No tears, just smiling from ear to ear. No tears from mom either, must be because she is the fourth.

When I picked her up that day, I got thumbs up from Mrs. Michaud and Mrs. Carlson. She had a great first day. I am so proud of her.

She enjoyed each day since. And so far so good. I guess she is only a “challenge” for her mother.



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