Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pre-School Progress

As I mentioned before, Andrew started a wonderful Mother's Day Out program at a Very Excellent Preschool this fall.

His adjustment has been super smooth, and he lunges at his backpack (his "bye-bye" bag) every morning in the hopes that it's a preschool day. It would be enough to give me a complex about my mothering if I weren't so darn happy that he's having a blast.

The school is quite the haul all the way across town, but there aren't many local part-time options for the under-2 set. In my previous pre-school experiences, even though I knew this was a Very Excellent Preschool with the best playground around, I never even considered it.

Why? Because it's a co-op.

I'm sure there are those of you out there who just LOVE co-oping in your child's school. It's a wonderful way to get a pulse on what goes on there, to keep tuition costs down, and to show your family's commitment to the school.

Good for you.

I am not one of those people. Sure, I spent a lot of time in Jack and Margaret's elementary school, but that was not out of the goodness of my heart-- it was to meet a yearly requirement. In fact, one day,  after four years of having kids yell out to me to hand deliver ranch dressing for them to pour all over their carrots pizza, I actually bought my way out of my Pizza Lunch duties for the remainder of my tenure. Sure, I was the first to volunteer as a field trip chaperone, or to go on the Girl Scout camping trips, because I really did enjoy being around my kids and their classmates but I guess I'm just stubborn in that I want to volunteer, not co-op. Sure, it's largely semantics, but somewhere inside me is that little pill who would hiss at her parents: "I'm doing it 'cuz I want to, not because you told me to!"

I thought this time would be different.

No, not because with Andrew I've amended my wicked ways and want to work in the classroom, but because my friend, whom we'll call Jane Ann (because that is her name) -- convinced me that the Very Excellent Preschool no longer had a co-op requirement for Andrew's age group.

This is what happens when all of your friends are pushing 45. Preschool Intel gets a little fuzzy, and before you know it you are in the Kangaroo Room wiping noses and doling out snacks on your 48th birthday. Yep. Friday, my birthday, is my first day on the schedule.

If you are reading this and your child is at the Very Excellent Preschool, please know that I'll be on the top of my game, ready to cuddle and encourage, but that "I'm doing it 'cuz I want to, not because you told me to!" Plus, what better way to feel hopeful and optimistic for the year ahead than spending it with little ones?

The rest of you, please raise a glass of iced tea to me on my birthday, and hope these old knees hold out!

P.S. Doesn't he look miserable???? :)


Sharon in Indy said...

I love you. I just had to say it. (And not in a creepy way.) ;-)

Anonymous said...

A very happy birthday to you! I hope you enjoy yourself.

Anonymous said...

What a great plan for a Happy Birthday! When your knees get tired just remember... You "can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!" (Philippians 4:13) I never saw Jack that he didn't put a smile on my face and your pics of Andrew do the same. It's a late evening cleaning dishes in the kitchen in a minute, but with my Jack pic smiling at me on the windowsill I'll be saying more prayers for you and your family!

Love you! Karen

Andrea Mowery said...

As I read this it took me a while to understand what it meant to co-op in your child's school, and when the realization dawned on me I recoiled in horror. I am made of stuff that understands that time spent with other people's children is best spent when other people are taking care of those children. ;)

And now that I've bared my soul here, I will admit that the years of volunteering in my kids' classes were wonderful and I'm glad I have those memories.

Happy birthday! I will say a prayer for your knees. xo

nanadarla said...

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, Anna. I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog which I have followed since meeting you at an Emmanuel Lutheran Church program where you spoke before Andrew came along!

Natalie said...

Happy Birthday - from a fellow October 6th baby! I love reading your blog & hope you have a wonderful day on Friday!

Steph said...

Happy Birthday Eve! Andrew is sooo adorable!

Stefanie said...

You are hilarious -- I felt the same way about volunteering in the classroom. Isn't that what I pay taxes for?? That said, I did time in the library (I love books) and for EVERY Girl Scout camping trip (I love the outdoors) but was happy to pass on ANY crafting activity. I did not send my kids to preschool so I could spend more quality time with them, ha ha! Have a wonderful birthday, and after you're done wiping noses, treat yourself to a little something.

Unknown said...

Love Jane Anne and love you!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday, Anna! So, so glad you were born!