Today is the first day of school for both Max (3) and Dodge (1). I say School…but it is Preschool. Maybe Dodge is in Day Care? I don’t know…all I know is they are not in the house and my wife Kate is back teaching the fall semester at Wichita State. Yay! Sanity shall return to the daytime of our household! This is Max’s second year and he was very upset to learn that his best friend is in a different classroom this year. His best friend stopped taking naps over the summer and Max still zonks out for a few hours in the afternoon…which I’m all for. Max didn’t seem to mind once he saw all the other kids and the toys in the new room. “Bye Dada!” Zoom! He was off and playing. Dodge was the same way. Last I saw he was playing with a seesaw blue dog and saying, “bye.” That was it…no fanfare. Max is back and Dodge is in.
Kate and I tried to take one of those pictures all our friends have of their kids at the front door but Max wouldn’t stop making monster faces and Dodge kept standing up to look and see what I was taking a picture of…so these blurry pictures are what we got:
I think the second one on the steps would be a sweet album cover for them if they released a single. They did start a band over the summer called Spaceship Monkey. Max plays the triangle and Dodge plays the tambourine. We’re still working out the sound, and genre, and practice schedule. It’ll come together.
Like her mother leaving after a visit, Kate cried in the parking lot after saying goodbye to the boys. I quietly celebrated inside and consoled her as I imagined what things might be like when they go to school 5 days a week in the years to come. Kate was fully aware of how good this is for them developmentally, socially, and how Kate would get her days back to actually work…but as she put it, her “Mom emotions” kicked in. I think I danced…my “Dad emotions” kicking in…kicking my heels together in the air as I leap for joy.
So Long Summer!
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