Today is the first day of school here in Toadsland!
Armed with her
backpack hip messenger bag full of colored folders, spiral-bound notebooks, and communal tissues, and a belly full of blueberry muffins, Adelaide was all business this morning when we dropped her off at her classroom. She settled right into her desk chair and advanced on a coloring sheet that was waiting for her. We had a squeeze and "kiss hand" good-bye at Adelaide's new desk and left her in the capable hands of her new teacher. Joel and I commented as we walked to the office to drop off some lunch money and our textbook fees, "Gosh, this is completely different from last year! Did you see all those teary parents in the media center, trying to hold it together?"
Still, we wandered around the outside of the building on the way out to the car and peeked in Adelaide's classroom window for a last glimpse. Adelaide's teacher, already lecturing to her group of eager, rapt students, smiled and waved when she saw us. Caught! We quickly ducked out-of-sight and giggled at ourselves.