Dylan made it through his first day of preschool and so did his mom and dad :). He seemed to have a good time, but he has one of my traits in him where he doesn't like to talk about things right away (I can remember being so bugged growing up when my mom asked me how something was right when I arrived home...I prefer to divulge details gradually...)
As a mom, I don't think I was prepared to be thrust into "school world" so quickly. Suddenly I have a backpack to pack, papers to return, show and tell items to send, fieldtrips to sign up for, birthday treats to think about...and this is just preschool! I'm also entering "mom world" now which means socializing with moms I don't really know. It's been years (think Freshman year of college) since I've had to actually go out and make friends and play nice. I've worked hard to surround myself with people that know my dirty secrets and love me anyway and now I have a new group of people to get to know (not just this group this year but also groups of moms in the years to come). When you send your first child to school, you feel like the new kid on the block because a lot of the other moms seem more experienced especially when they're sending their second or third or fourth out into the world.
There were no tears this morning, but I did pause when I came to pick Dylan up and all the kids were sitting in a circle with their little backpacks. They looked like these little people caught up in a big world. I loved school and think it's a great thing, but it still feels a little funny to send your child out into the giant system of school and the world in general. There's a feeling like there's no turning back now. And I guess there's really not :).