Beginnings and Endings
Another of life's passages has occurred. After childcaring for four of the past five years, we are more or less done.
Not only that, but after having only JJ for most of the time in the past two years, he spent his last day alone with us today. We will look after both kids for some weeks this summer, but they will be with parents and other sitters more than us.
We're used to seeing Danica go off every day, but it was somewhat sad to contemplate our last few days with the little fella. Especially since he's such a good little fella. Once Danica's school year is done, we'll generally see them both or not at all. JJ will spend his last days in official daycare on Thursday and Friday and will be in the care of a sitter on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Danica will join him at home after Tuesday next week.
Yes, I did experience a few poignant moments this week, but in the end, I feel good about moving on to a new phase. After all, next year we will still get them on and off the school bus several times a week.
That's the Ending referred to in the title.
But there was also a Beginning today, for he went off to his future school for an hour of initiation.
He is pretty shy and withdrawn in new situations, and he was that today, but he joined in the circle as asked and went through how they open the day with a song and a prayer.
He looks somewhat lost and forlorn in the next photo.
They were then introduced to activity centres, and two senior kindergarten boys tried to take him under their wings, but he wasn't feeling the love.
Eventually the nice teacher got him engaged with cardboard blocks
There are extroverts, and this boy was happy to chat with JJ as they sat back down for storytime. It's nice when we introverts can latch onto the other type of human.
After storytime, they had a chance to play in the yard, and by that time he was doing quite well.
As he played I saw the room that will likely be his next year. It is a little drafty at the moment.
Then it was time to line up to go home. They are told that they are lining up properly if thy can see hair in front of their faces. He was doing fairly well by this point.
We weren't yet done our final day with JJ, but that's enough for one blog.