|First day of 3rd & 6th|
I allllllmost lost it this morning. The first day of school. With Bug going off to 6th grade, she's once again blazing the trial. She's been the first to do all the firsts. She is so brave. She never cries on the first day, it's always me. I feel the anxiety of all this unknowns for her...maybe in hopes that she won't have to feel them. Today reminded me a little of her first day of kindergarten with all the nerves (although I didn't sob like I did back then!).
Going into jr. high on her school campus is a little different because she's on the same campus in K-8, 6-8 is just on the other side of the school from elementary. It's known as Junior Academy and she's been looking forward to/fearing it since 4th grade. It is something brand new, unknown, exciting, and thrilling. There are so many expectations that she's still unsure of and that can be nerve-racking. Even though she's been with most of the kids all along, it's a big school. I think I feel her vibe so strongly because she is me when I was her age. As much as she hates (and will deny) it, we are a carbon copy.
She saw one of her good friends before school this morning and a teacher was giving her friend a pep talk. Bug could tell that her friend was so nervous and she said that she was worried about her friend because people don't always treat her friend well. That compassion for her friend was what made me almost lose it. I had to choke back the tears. As scared as she was for herself and this new experience, she was more concerned for her friend. I loved that.
I want to save her from the nerves, anxiety, and heartache that I know is inevitable, but that is silly. I know that. Bug is going to be amazing over the next three years of jr. high. I have no doubt.
My little Munch started third grade. She was a little nervous for today but she's known her teacher since Bug was in 3rd grade. That makes things a little easier on her. She is so easy-going and has really never met a stranger. She makes friends of all ages wherever she goes. She's social and crazy and often has an inappropriate sense of humor (probably her parents' fault!!). She's going to kill it in third grade!