Friday, September 4, 2009

I have a feeling I am going to update this blog in embarrassing spurts, like how in this last week I've made quite a few posts. Then I'm going to abandon it for months on end.

Today was the preschool "meet and greet" that I mentioned before. We got up this morning, got dressed, had breakfast, and headed over to the preschool. We got there right on time and Nora was the first one in the classroom. I introduced her to her teachers, but she was much more interested in what the room had to offer. "Look, there's a kitchen!" she said, and within two minutes she had pulled out every last dish and was making "oatmeal" and "coffee," with sugar. As the other kids began to arrive, she started serving them, to the extent they were interested in being served, at least. I met some of the other moms and kids, but as the classroom got more and more full, I took a step back and sat on the edge of the classroom and just observed the chaos. Some of the kids were more reserved than others. I wished that Nora would talk to me a little bit about what was going on and show me what she was doing, but she was way too busy to slow down. Too much stuff to see!

Both of the teachers and a couple of the moms mentioned how outgoing she was. They were surprised she hadn't been in preschool before. I was like, "Yeah, she's really outgoing." It mystifies Jason and I because we're not that way, but it also amuses and touches us to see her sweet spirit. I've also observed a little bit of bossiness with Nora. I remember one day at church all the little kids were playing, and Nora announced, "Let's play Ring-Around-the-Rosie!" The other kids went on with what they were doing for a second, then Nora instructed, "Everybody get in a circle and hold hands." To my surprise, they all did! Other moments of bossiness have been more... hmm... teaching moments, I guess, when she has taken it a little too far and we have to talk about being polite and considerate. But in her personality I see some leadership qualities, which are fun and interesting to observe in a three year old.

My friend Kim posted in her blog the other day about her daughter's first few days of kindergarten. She mentioned how weird it was to have her daughter away for seven hours a day, where she as a mom couldn't see what she was doing or hang out with her. I'm totally feeling that! It's only four hours for us, three days a week, but still, this is something new. Nora has been my little shadow for three years now. We're together almost constantly--enough that I still get a little shiver of freedom when I go to the grocery store or the mall all by myself, which doesn't happen very often. I'm used to being right there with her for all of her experiences and her little adventures, and now she's going to be having some of them without me! It's just another way she's growing up, a little bit at a time. I have to admit, when I think about it too much it's a little bit harder to accept than I thought it would be, this "getting older" thing. Her, not me. ;) Now I get it!

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