Tuesday, September 16, 2008

First Day of School: Preschool Edition

Today was Jenna's first day of Preschool, or what I have called "The Happiest Day of My Adult Life" for the last two years. The bottom line is that she did awesome, waved goodbye to me with not a glimmer of anxiety or worry or clingy-ness, and jumped right into an arts and crafts project.

I was the one who lingered at the door and thought, "Really? It's going to be that easy?" and it was and it was good.

I was exactly one month pregnant with her when I dropped Michaela off for her first day of Preschool. (I am not, however, pregnant for this one.) It was a real circle of life moment for me. And I was a little more sad than I thought I'd be to see my baby move into this fun new stage of life... but oh, she is so ready and willing and able to make friends, play well and learn all the world has to offer.

And, with a new haircut courtesy of her sister, who WOULDN'T be ready to take Preschool by storm??

This happened yesterday afternoon. The two obvious signs that I should have intervened were:
1. The girls went into Michaela's room and closed the door. They were then very quiet.
2. After about 20 minutes, I heard the dustbuster running in Michaela's room.

Jenna showed me the haircut and was pleased as punch. I had to lean on the bed for support as I murmured, "Ohh, no...oh, no..." over and over. Michaela was very happy with her work until she realized I was upset and then she started to cry. After telling them quite calmly that no one should ever, ever, ever cut hair again I called Dan to tell him what happened. When he came home, Jenna offered this version of events: "Mimi gave me a hairtut. I yikedt it but Mommy is berry sad."

Well put.

So here are the photographic highlights of the day (you may notice a headband strategically placed in her hair for today and for the next 3-4 weeks):

Standing in front of her cubby (hers is the green train)

Working on her project

Learning her job of the day: Snack helper

(which is, according to a seasoned second grader in the know, the best job in preschool)

Posing with her teacher

Yay for preschool!! Yay for Jenna!!


Brian, Beth, and Kate Davies said...

Obviously, Mrs. Glazer would know to give a big-gun elder's daughter the primo task on day 1.
And by the way, Michaela, I like your work. Can I schedule an appointment for you to do Uncle Brian's hair?

Anonymous said...

What a milestone day for the entire Libutti family! Jenna will finally have stories about "stool" to tell at the supper table! AND Che will have 2 plus hours of uninterrupted PEACE! God is good! Love, Gammie

Anonymous said...

What a proud, beaming, little sister! And what a hysterical story about "The Haircut".....Matt's Dad gave him one of those one time (he'd insisted on a "butch" which apparently didn't have the same definition for him and his father/barber) Baseball hats can serve the same purpose as headbands except you can't wear them to church!! Love, LW

Mark, Carrie, and Luke Winterhoff said...

Don't you know that Michaela paid me to keep you busy on the phone so that she could give the big haircut? I laughed so hard that I cried! What a hilarious story it is, and will be remembered for ages! Congrats to your big girl starting prechool and to her Mommy for handling it so well! XOXO, The Winterhoffs