Z Goes to School

“I don’t want to tell you about that right now.”

That’s what she tells me when I pick her up at school and ask what she did. That and, “Later. I’ll tell you a tiny little bit later.”

If preschool’s going to make her secretive and controlling, then I’m taking her out right now. But I’m certain this is just part of the adjustment, her way of coping and exerting what little control she has over the situation.

Plus, not one hour after she informed me she would tell me about it after her “nap” because at the moment she was too tired to talk, she regaled me with stories of the chickens in the school’s yard and which kids fell down and which ones stayed for lunch and naptime.

Today she cried when I dropped her off, and that was hard. It makes me really glad we’re starting with half days.

The adjustment’s been much smoother for me. I have my little routine (the one I dreamed up before school even started, with a few adjustments), and I’m sticking to it. Each day so far I’ve exercised and followed it up with a (quiet!) shower and two hours of uninterrupted writing time. I’ve gotten a lot of work done on le manuscript…plus another fun story I started over the weekend.

The weirdest part is now I feel like I’ve started a real job, or something. Like, we have to get up and leave every day. At night, I make sure I get to sleep on time so that I’m rested enough to get us out the door the next day. And even though we live in a smallish town, the school-morning traffic is a fierce sight to behold.

Overall, it’s going as well as I’d hoped. Even better, when I hear Z talking about her “close friends at school.”


  1. readingisdelicious · August 24, 2011

    Aww, well it sounds like both of you seem to be adjusting well! Amy said when she dropped off Dylan to his first day of kindergarten, he said, “Bye” and ran off without even looking back and she was all, “Ok, then.” She still has his little brother though to handle, who was more difficult since he wanted to go to kindergarten, too, and got upset when he couldn’t.

    • Beth Hull · August 24, 2011

      Yes, the freedom would be somewhat diminished if there were another little one to take care of.

  2. Randi · August 24, 2011

    She chooses now to go quiet on us? What’s with that?

    • Beth Hull · August 25, 2011

      I mentioned it to a couple of the teachers, and they say it’s totally normal for the first days. It isn’t that my kid is especially stubborn and reticent. 🙂

  3. Vicki · August 30, 2011

    “If preschool’s going to make her secretive and controlling, then I’m taking her out right now.” That made me smile 🙂

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