Tuesday, August 30, 2005

first day of school =

  • the drenching northern remnants of Hurricane Katrina
  • almost slipping on puddles in the hallway and killing myself x2
  • one 1st grader that says "my head feels itchy" which means one frantic trip to the nurses office to rule out lice (no lice Yay! [so far])
  • one pukey 2nd grader
  • one bloody nosed 2nd grader (who was so good she quietly held one hand over her nose while she kept the other raised...waiting for the teachers to finish a lecture on demerits [can you believe they give demerits in 2nd grade? no?, me neither])
  • one teary 2nd grader who thought she lost her lunch money (really she just left her lunch [in its cute pink translucent glittery plastic box] in a different room.
  • ~10 4th and 5th graders standing in the hallway cause they already got in trouble enough to miss (indoor) recess

Elementary school is funny.
Little kids ask me to do things like open their milk and tie their shoes. They think I am an adult here. When I walked into a kindergarten class and offhandedly said "So how's kindergarten?" to no one in particular, a chorus of little voices chimed "Good!"
Mostly today we practiced how to be at school. It seems hard, all this sitting still, and raising your hand, and walking in lines, and finding the right bus. I wouldn't want to do it.
I am spending an inordinate amount of time drawing, cutting, pasting and laminating things. velcro has become a very important substance in my life. (would you say velcro is a substance?, or a fabric?, or something else entirely)
things should get easier as the little guys learn how to be at school for a WHOLE day.
And when I figure out exactly what it is I am supposed to be doing there.


Deborah said...

It all sounds a little scary to me. Honestly, I think I can still conjure up all the fear and anxiety I felt as a kid on the first days of school.

alyssa said...

I also had to tie shoes, open milk cartons, treat bee stings and clean up vomit while working at camp. Except for 12 year olds.

We need to compare notes. I think it'll be fun.

I think velcro is an adhesive. And i haaaaate making pretty signs with markers and glitter. With a passion.