This past week, Bear started Kindergarten. *sigh* Honestly, I'm not sad or nostalgic or weepy. I don't pine for his toddler years or wish time would stand still. That's not my nature. I'm truly excited for this new phase of my son's life. He loves to learn, and so far, he's thriving already. I'm sighing more from relief that the transition was not only smooth but awesome!
When Bear arrives home each night from the big K, I reach into his backpack and pull out the folder that we parents are required to review. It contains homework (some nights), Bear's daily behavior report and samples of work he's done. Well, after day 2, I opened up the folder and pulled out a sheet of paper with this drawn on it:
At this point, I became perplexed. I still found the lack of hands and pants on the little person vaguely disturbing, but the big frown was what worried me most. I mean, Bear can read. There is not doubt that when he was handed this piece of paper, he knew what he was supposed to draw... and he drew a figure bearing a passing resemblance to himself (my child, however, has hands and wears pants to/at school) sporting a huge frown.
I decided to ask Bear about the drawing. Here is the conversation that ensued:
Me: Sweetheart, did you draw this picture?
Bear: Oh, yeah!
Me: It's really good, honey. Is this person you?
Me: I thought so. Is that your blonde hair and your red sneakers?
Bear: [looking very pleased] Yes! Exactly!
Me: Alright then. And, um, so... is this picture supposed to be your first day of Kindergarten?
Bear: Yes, Mommy, it says so right there at the bottom.
Me: Right... well, honey, why do you look so upset in this picture? Why are you frowning?
Bear: [very matter of fact] Because I'm running away from a volcano.
Me: ... That's a volcano above your head?
Bear: Of course.
Me: So on your first day of Kindergarten you had to run away from a volcano?
At this point, my Bear broke into hysterical laughter.
I think I'm going to enjoy Kindergarten.