That gleeful anticipation of going back to school took a hit with the cloud of my friend James' sudden passing but the shiny, happy faces of little children offered a soothing balm.
And what shiny, happy faces!
With the arrival of each new student the commotion, joy and anticipation grew. We had a very busy morning of greeting parents and welcoming children into their new home away from home.
Each child brought his or her unique, vivid personality. There was the shy, nervous, cautious little girl who never ventured far from her mother while at the same time took in her new surroundings and eventually settled in quite comfortably.
There was the dynamic, energetic, musical and confident little boy eager to share stories of his summer, his skills, interests and family.
There was the equally confident little girl who immediately felt right at home and helped other students feel comfortable. She knew the answers to all the questions and was not at all shy about sharing what she knew.
There was the little girl who kept taking off her shoes.
There were the best friends who boosted each others comfort level as they gently glided around the room holding hands.
There was the boy who looked like he was on the verge of tears at any moment but never gave in to them.
There was the boy who wet himself and the little girl who threw up (poor thing).
And many others who helped complete our dynamic group of kindergartners.
They all made me smile and I am really looking forward to working with them this school year. Each year we count the number of school days with the children and as we march on toward the 180th day I grow sad that our time together is ending.
This was only day one and our journey has only just begun. Lucky me!