The above photo pretty adequately shows how excited the girls were for their first REAL day of preschool on Tuesday. They even insisted on wearing their backpacks despite the fact that nothing was in them.
However, when it came time for me to leave, Lala was a little iffy. She said “no Mommy, you stay here, don’t go, stay with us!” Until she realized there was about to be finger painting. Then she forgot all about me.
When I picked them up yesterday, Katie kept telling me she was crying for me, and calling me… “I said Mommy! Mommy! Where are you?! And I cried and cried. Because I missed you.” Charlotte even chimed in saying “Katie cried and I told her, don’t cry Katie, it’s okay.” It was pretty pathetic. I took them out and bought them each a pink donut and a little stuffed dog to make them feel better. I told Katie, don’t cry, Mommy will always be back to get you.
When I came to get them today, Katie ran up and immediately said the same thing “MOMMY! I missed you!! I CRIED AND CRIED FOR YOU!” The teacher said “Did she just say she cried? She didn’t cry! They didn’t cry at all while they were here.” I knew it. I knew. I’d been played.
Actually, as a source of information they’re pretty much useless. I had visions of all these wonderful stories about their day and their new friends and what they were doing but so far, they’re tough to get much out of and it’s all inconsistent. I know today was music class. Katie said she played a tambourine, then complained they wouldn’t let her play the tambourine. She said in addition to the tambourine there was a guitar and some instrument she evidently stuck in her ear so they took away. She called it a lollipop but I’m thinking drumstick maybe? Small maraca? Lala said they sang Happy Birthday but Katie is adamant that they did not. A book was read but one says it was about a school BUS and the other swears it was about a school BELL. Charlotte told me a little girl who was sitting next to her when I came in is her ‘favorite girl and best friend.’ but doesn't know her name and just calls her Girl. I did find out they finger-painted tomatoes (though i think it was actually apples) and that they did play outside but the slide was too dirty and the sandbox was too wet to play in. Katie didn’t like her string cheese or yogurt tube. But they both liked the juice the school provided. And evidently the teacher is always telling them to sit down.
All in all, I think they like it. I know this much…. Mommy loves it. Three hours of sweet sweet freedom. Worth every penny.