The kids started school for the first time EVER last week. They’ve never gone to preschool or Mother’s Day Out. And with the start of their school careers, came a lot of tough decisions. The hubs wanted them to ride the school bus. I wanted to drive them. I mean, come on, it’s less than a 5 minute drive from our house. Besides, a little part of me feels like taking the kids to school, and picking them up, is “my job”.
We met the teacher a week before school started, and picked up five pounds of paperwork. Buried in that pile was our tag. The magic ticket of sorts, that allows the driver to pick up your kids. Meanwhile, the neighbors, our friends, and my naysayer hubby all whispered..Wait until she sees the drop off and pick up line. She’ll never last, they said. I’ve survived the first two weeks, and I feel victorious!
Not because I made it two weeks, with no plans to put the kids on the bus, but because of the quality time I’ve had with the kids. Yes, I said “quality time”, in a five minute drive. My daughter was suffering from allergies last week, and I was torn on whether to send her or keep her home. Normally, her Dad drops her off in the mornings, while her younger brother and I sleep in. Stop judging me… anyway, this time my 4 year old and I, dragged our half asleep bodies out of bed. In our not so stylish pajamas, we buckled up, and headed to school with MC.
Then, from the backseat, I hear this: “are you feeling better sheshe?” MC says yes, she feels better, and then tells her little brother: “I love you so much butters. When I get home, we’ll play together, and I’ll give you a big hug and kiss.” Did your heart just melt a little? That completely spontaneous moment was priceless. Later that day when I picked the kids up from school, I told them to switch car seats so we wouldn’t hold up the line. Bickering ensued as if the kids were auditioning for a role in a made for television drama. I gripped the wheel tighter, and sang “Let it Go” in my head, and thanked God for a five minute drive home. They’re only little for a little while, and hopefully, we’ll have more precious moments in the backseat than bicker fests.
Check out our first day of school precious moments:
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