As Grandpa so aptly put it on the phone yesterday, you could have cut the nervous energy in the house with a knife the past few days.
Why? Well, we started school this morning. New school. New teachers. New kids. New fears and concerns.
Maya, will any girls like me? Will I make friends? Will I be the lonliest child in the history of lonely children? (Yes, quite dramatic, but we are good at that.)
Kim, IEP, IEP, IEP…what do the teachers need to know that I haven’t told them? What if…fill in the blank.
Demetrius? Well nothing really from him.
Me? Shit, I just wanted to stay out of trouble with Kim and Maya, mostly. But I was nervous if it wasn’t going to go well, what the ‘spillage’ might look like with the Grassos and the school.
So I bought some special ice cream, cherry pie, and other comfort foods to help…but that’s enjoyed, and then the worrying sets back in.
This morning, after I ran the dog, Kim popped out of bed at 5:45, very determined and very worried. Maya popped up not long thereafter, chatting non-stop. Nervous chatting. Filling the quiet space, and quiet space allows concerns and worries to crop into it….
Demetrius came downstairs with a comic book, singing a song from Willy Wonka.
As we got ready to leave for school, Super D turned to me and said, “Daddy, you don’t need to come, I’m fine.”
Okay, to not ruffle feathers, I stayed home. Gave some kisses and hugs, and the van pulled out of the driveway.
Surprisingly, Kim was home soon after? They kicked her out already? ☺ No, in fact, when Demetrius got to his classroom he turned to his Mom and said, “Mom, you can go now. I am fine.” And waltzed right into 3rd grade. Maya was a bit more complicated…a bit.
So that nervous energy has floated out of the house….
Hopefully not to return any time soon.
Hope your first days were as uneventful as ours.
BTW – had dinner at restaurant called AP Roots tonight, very tasty. D had two plates of French fries, so clearly school did not affect his appetite….