James and Audrey start Pre-K tomorrow. TOMORROW our lives change forever as we enter into the world of public school and join the rat race of car lines and field trips with the rest of society. Gone forever are the lazy mornings and the all day play of dress up in super hero, cowboy and princess costumes. Gone forever. They may as well be graduating high school tomorrow as far as I am concerned. I can’t believe that their time is here. 5 years seems like such a long time day after day after day but now that it’s here, I feel like I blinked and woke up the day before they start school. Is this real life?
While I am loosing two at one time I am so glad they have each other. And I am so glad they are so close. James is pumped, ready to go and has been for weeks!! Audrey has been excited but reserved. Claiming that she is going to miss me so much. (I can’t argue with that) But today we went to Open House and they got to see their class room, meet a few class mates and “meet” their teacher. Mrs. Ponder is a member at one of our sister church’s in the area so they have been seeing her and knowing her on a regular basis their whole life. I am so thankful that they have her for their first year. For their initiation, if you will, into the world away from home. Away from me, the woman who loves them most in this world. I know she will treat them kindly and have a great deal of patience with them. Lord knows she is going to need it!
After we left the school today Audrey was as pumped about it as James!! That makes me feel better. Another wonderful thing about the school they are going to is that Jon teaches there. He will be just a few steps away if any thing serious ever happens. And there are so many wonderful people who teach in the elementary that we know and love and that know and love our children! I couldn’t have picked a better place for my babies to start their school career. I am excited and sad all at the same time. I am excited for them, they are really gonna love it and have so much fun and learn so much. But I am sad for myself. Part of me is “leaving the nest” tomorrow. All our nurturing and teaching the last 5 years is about to come into play. And I just hope and pray that Jon and I have done a good enough job preparing them. For their sakes. And I hope and pray that Jon and I will have the wisdom to guide them in right paths in this new chapter of their precious little lives.