We woke up early for Z’s first day at school but my primary concern was he wouldn’t let me leave him alone in the classroom. We have never left Z on his own until now. He always refused to stay at the Sunday school where we go to church but Z was really excited and I know it’s really time for him to go. We were at the front door and my worst fear was confirmed. It seemed every child has no problem entering the classroom and sitting by themselves except for Z. He wouldn’t let go of me even though I assured him that I’ll just be outside. Inside I was already beginning to panic and the thought of just running and leaving him for the teacher to handle didn’t escape me. Then miracle of miracles, a 5-year old boy – since there are only six of them in class they put them all together from age three to five – called him and invited him to sit with him. My eyes grew round as Z quickly nodded, practically grab his bag from my hand, and bravely marched inside and sat on the chair. S was right, Z only needed one friend with him and he’ll be okay. I silently thanked that little boy who invited my son because if Z cried I wouldn’t have known what to do. From then on it was really smooth sailing. Z would ask me to stay outside the classroom where he can see me and I would stay but just for a little bit and then go to the waiting area. Three days into the class I even had to go home because of my work and Z had to go home alone in our tricycle service. It was only a short ride which Z was already familiar with so I figured he wouldn’t have time to cry even if he wants to. When he went home he was very proud of himself and told me over and over how he rode the tricycle alone. This is really it, the start of Z’s schooling journey and there’s no turning back. Like what S said, if he can only pass all the things he has learned from school to Z so he wouldn’t have to go through 17 years of schooling he will but it’s just not possible.
Goodluck Z! Enjoy your schooling. Have fun and don’t take yourself too seriously like your mommy did. I don’t care if you’re not in the honors in grade school and in high school as long as you’re a good boy. Find something that you like and you excel in while you’re still young so you’ll know what you want when you go to college and then that’s the time you get serious and focus. Mommy and Daddy loves you very much!