Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Sirri's first day going to school without Mommy.


On Wednesday, Sirri's first day of kindergarten, I was able to ride the bus with her to and from school. (All the parents could. Not just crazy me, FYI!) As soon as we got on the bus, the first thing that I noticed was the huge DVD player bolted to the ceiling. And do you know what was playing on that DVD player? Sponge Bob Square Pants. I guess I'm a little like Bob... I'm a square of a mom because that show makes me cringe. I dislike that show so much that it is not allowed in our house. I tend to be pretty picky about the shows that my kids watch and just because it is a cartoon or rated "G" does not make it okay in my book.

I've spent the last five years protecting Sirri, keeping her safe from the world, filtering what goes in and out of her little universe. So for that to be my first, "I'm sending my baby off to school," experience, I felt a bit wounded. What kinds of things will she be experiencing everyday that I won't be able to put through my own personal sieve? I won't always know what words she is hearing or what words she is saying. I won't always know if she has been treated kindly or is treating others kindly. I won't necessarily know if she is having a crummy day and won't be there to experience it if she is having the best!

I know that I have to let go, and I am trying, but it is hard. I know that all I can do at this point is continue to teach her what I know to be right and pray everyday that she will remember and feel in her heart what she has been taught. I will have to open the lines of communication super wide and keep talking to her until she knows that she can always talk to me as well. Hopefully we can forge our way through this school thing together.



P.S. I know that I could put up a stink and have good ole Sponge Bob off the morning bus, but that really isn't the hill I want to die on. I better save my ammo just in case I really need it some day. Hoping not, but you never know.

17 comments:

Rick and Annie said...

She looks so cute!! Love the pix of her looking ahead for the bus. I am with you on the spongebob stuff he is also not allowed to be watched. When did school busses get t.v.'s and why?

Colleen said...

wow a tv on the bus. fancy. lol. ;) i love the pics. especially with her backpac that is half the size of her. so cute.

Christie said...

How long is the bus ride that they need a DVD player? 20 miles? That's the craziest thing I've ever heard!

Peterson Family said...

I totally understand. Owen doesn't start kindergarten until next year, and I'm already having some of those same worries. And I'm with you on Spongebob, not ok in our house either. So glad that everything has worked out over the last few weeks. Thanks for sharing your experiences, we've learned so much from you and your family.

Kim said...

dvd player on the bus? nevermind, i can't even consider moving there!!!!!

CINDY BIGELOW said...

oh my, i have the cutest niece in the world!

and her backpack...it's bigger than her! that's hilarious.

Luke and Katie said...

DVD's on a bus?! Whoa that is crazy! And btw, I dislike Spongebob also and it is NOT allowed in our home either!

Pam said...

Sirri Marie, You have got to be the cutest girl in school! I love you so much and am so proud of you! Can Grandma come and go to school with you one day?

Bridget said...

I have never heard of a DVD player in a bus! That is so crazy. Wouldn't they miss out of the whole bus experience if they are mindlessly gazing at a screen?

Lauren in GA said...

I agree with the other comments...I have never heard of of a DVD player on the bus! I was shocked to hear that some school systems play the radio on the bus.

I like how you said that, this is the hill that you don't want to die on. I need to remember to keep that attitude while picking my battles.

I mourn the fact that my kids are hearing and learning so much that I don't want them to hear. The loss of control and protection makes me cringe.

gab said...

At my son's old school, there was TV in the cafeteria! I was annoyed. I'm sure there were financial kickbacks of some sort! It's scary sending your kid into the world...but she'll be fine!

♥Shally said...

I hate it when kids grow up...

Rochelleht said...

Oh, I HATE Sponge Bob! That's when I would have probably started driving her to school. ;-) Good luck, chicky! It's so hard to let go. So, so hard!

cath said...

you have the most stylin' kid in kindergarden, lisa!! she looks so excited and happy - it is so wonderful to see her looking forward, and not back at the last couple of months!!!

Amanda K said...

I love that her backpack is a big as she is! So cute!!

Grandma W. said...

I can't believe they have a DVD on the bus!! I don't like that Sponge Bob thing either - however, Honey, your little ones are going to be exposed to many things you do not like! But----they are being taught the right things and they will practice them! Believe me!! We have all been there! That is life, my Dear!! Just look how you girls turned out!!!! Excellent!!!!
We love you!

Grandma W. said...

My gosh, I almost forgot to tell you how darling Sirri looks standing there waiting for the bus!
Bless her heart! She is such a trooper!!!! And, so are you and Kendon!!!
Love you!