Officially the Parent of a Kindergartner

August 31, 2015 | By Brent Almond | DAD STUFF, MAKING MEMORIES

Okay, yeah. I went ahead and did one of these annoyingly cheesy, Pinterest-y “First Day of School” photos. But with that face, how could I not? Don’t worry, I took plenty of sweet (i.e., non-goofy) ones to send Grandma and Nonna. But my kid is a Grade A Ham, and I intend to exploit share that with the world.

First Day of School - Kindergarten

So how’d it go? Jon mentioned during his bath last night that he was a little nervous. When pressed further, he was concerned about having so much fun.

This morning he was eager, but not maniacally so. After we took our photos in the backyard, I told him we had to go inside so I could put the camera away. He said he wanted to meet us out front, so I watched as he struggled a bit to remount his backpack, grab his lunchbox, and walk ’round the house where he sat patiently on the steps until Papa and I made our way out.

Officially the Parent of a Kindergartner

Normally Papa will be dropping him off, but today we walked. Jon was at ease ā€” not hanging back, not rushing ahead. Pleased to have his Daddy and Papa along for the first day of our new adventure. When we arrived at the school, he seemed a bit overwhelmed by the masses waiting to be allowed inside. But as soon as we crossed the threshold, he told Papa, “You can go now.”

Officially the Parent of a Kindergartner

We hung around outside Room 170 waiting for the teacher to bring them in, taking more photos, chatting with other first-time school parents, watching the kids interact. As he and the boy next to him compared backpacks, I could hear Jon explain that he had wanted the Darth Vader lunchbox instead of the Chewbacca, but that his Daddy had told him if he had all Darth Vader stuff, people would think he was evil. I slapped my forehead and chuckled, marveling at the things my 5-year-old arbitrarily chooses to commit to memory.

Officially the Parent of a Kindergartner

Mrs. Kelly led the children into their new classroom. I followed to put some things in Jon’s cubby and leave some (of the millions of) forms on the teacher’s desk. I watched as she gently herded her flock to find their names on their respective tables. As I stood and watched ā€” surrounded by parents snapping photos ā€” I heard my son’s teacher tell the class there were crayons and paper on their tables if they’d like to spend some time coloring. Over the rustling of the kids settling in and noise coming from the hallway behind me, I overheard Jon say “Crayons? Oh great, I love to color!”

And with that, we were officially the proud, relieved parents of a kindergartner.

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Where to buy Jon’s Star Wars stuff:
Darth Vader Star Wars Backpack
Chewbacca Lunch Kit
Stride Rite Star Wars Balance of The Force Light-Up Sneakers
LEGO Star Wars Character Tee (the one shown is from Target, but I couldn’t get a link to work. Here’s an equally cool one!)

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5 responses to “Officially the Parent of a Kindergartner”

  1. Noah says:

    He’s growing up so fast…

  2. Frank Butterfield says:

    Noah — I’m with you. How exactly did we already get to kindergarten?

    Brent — So very, very happy for Jon and Nick and you. All y’all!!

    Gotta go, something wet is coming out of my eyes….


  3. Kem says:

    Way to go Jon! So cute! Love the post! Adorable pics.

    I was so emotional! Valentino was excited but nervous, reserved and observant. Didn’t talk much to anyone just taking it all in. The worst thing of working at the same school is that I wanted to run & check on him but I didn’t. I waited till the end of the day like all the other parents.

    Good luck the rest of the week, Jon! Have an amazing school year!

  4. Daniel says:

    Our youngest (Thing 3) just started Kindergarten, too, so we can totally relate! I love the interest/info snapshot you did for your boy. I may have to steal that idea!

    • Brent Almond says:

      Congrats! How’s it going so far? And I’m glad you like the interest/info photo. I hobbled together some things I’d seen on Pinterest and such, so feel free to steal all you want! šŸ™‚

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