Me: "So, tomorrow morning we'll all walk Tuck to the bus stop and he'll get on the bus."
Mags: "Den what?"
Me: "Then, we'll walk home with Daddy."
Mags: "I no yike it. No bus for my Tuck."
Me: "I know, but you'll have me! ALL DAY MAMA AND MAGS DAY!"
Mags: (smiles, ponders, rejects) "No, nank you."
The day Tuck got on the bus for the first time to go to Kindergarten was the most anticipated moment of his whole life, the scariest moment of mine and the most shocking moment of Mags'. Poor Mags. Her Mama and Daddy thought for sure they'd prepared her for the inevitable.
Her best friend in the whole wide world was going to full day Kindergarten. He would be getting on the big yellow bus and driving away from her for the WHOLE. ENTIRE. DAY.
Chris and I prepared a then two (and a half)-year-old Mags as best we could by giving her reminders about what was going to happen on Tuck's first day of school. We went over how we'd get up and eat breakfast together. Then we'd get dressed and brush teeth. After that we'd take some pictures as we made our way out the door. We'd walk Tuck down the street to the bus stop and wait with him. We'd watch for the bus together. We'd wave to Tuck and blow him kisses as he got on the bus. Finally we'd walk home. We even went on a dry run of this whole process the day before the real thing.
And then the day came. Tuck was a wee bit excited....
Mags was a wee bit apprehensive....
When the bus pulled up, Chris and I were so proud of how we had prepared the kids. We had covered it all. We watched, we waved, we blew kisses and we snapped pictures. But then, all our preparation flew out the window when the bus doors closed and pulled away. That was about the time Mags looked up at Chris panicked asking,
"Where bus going? Where my Tuck?"
That's when our mistake smacked us in the face. We had, in fact, told her he'd get on the bus...but we never mentioned how the bus was going to pull away with him ON IT. She thought he'd get on, then get off and walk home with us. Silly, Parents!
It was a long first day for little Mags. When he got off the bus after eight LONG hours of being at school, I knew who had first dibs. There was NO way she was letting anyone near him.
But today (it technically is TODAY because it's after midnight) that little person will be going to her own Kindergarten registration. She is so excited. And she's already started to prepare for next year. Tonight at dinner, she asked Tuck if he would sit next to her on her first day on the bus. He, of course, said yes.
Chris and I just smiled at each other because we know from experience...you can never be TOO prepared! Here we go, Mags. A great start that will lead you on a new adventure! (Someone grab me a tissue, please!)