No tears this time around…

…for either Em or Mommy.

J., Addie and I just dropped Em off for her first official day of preschool.


She and I went to meet her teachers on Tuesday evening and to see her room. Em got very anxious and worried because there is another Emma in her classroom. I told her that there would probably always be another Emma in her class from now until she graduates, it, alas, is a very popular name. I think she was a little tired, and a little overwhelmed, and a little shy (I know?!), but when one of her teachers asked Em if she was excited she just looked very, very distressed. So I suggested maybe the class could call our Em, “Emma Grace” and the other little girl just “Emma.”

Em’s teacher thought that would work and it seemed to pacify Em, too.

Then today when we got to class, her teacher said, “Now are we going to call you Emma or Emma Grace?” (I was very impressed that she even remembered our exchange amidst all of the chaos and other parents and students from the other night.) Em said, “I think Emma Grace.”

And that was it. She went tearing around the room, exploring and was completely happy to say goodbye and start her school career.


I have such a good feeling about both of her teachers. I think she is in for a fantastic year and I’m so excited for her.

When I asked her at lunch if she was excited to go to school, she said, “Yes! Mama, remember when we met my teacher Miss Marie Rose? And she asked if I could give her a hug? I liked that hug. I liked the way she felt.”

And I liked the way I felt when I walked out of the school, a Mommy of an official “preschooler.”


7 Responses to “No tears this time around…”

  1. 1 Christina September 14, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    Yay for a successful first day of preschool – for Mommy and Emma Grace! That’s great that you feel so happy with her teachers. Now your little smartie is going to be getting even smarter…

  2. 2 Stacy September 14, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    Too sweet! Glad to hear she is adjusting! And what a stylin’ little girl, too. I love her outfit. 🙂 I think I would be shocked if my kids had anyone with their names in their classes. BUT a friend of mine named her girl Kailyn…a year after I had my Kailan. Wierd.

  3. 3 Anna September 15, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    I love those photos! So beautiful and confident–good job, mom (on the girl AND the photos.)!

    She looks like a track star in the second one–ready, set, go! Kind of a neat metaphor for the beginning of her school life.

  4. 4 Tiffany September 16, 2007 at 10:49 am

    Your daughter is beautiful. Love the name Emma Grace. My friend named her daughter that. 🙂 (Saw your blog over on Laura’s Blogroll)

  5. 5 Papa (or Dad) September 17, 2007 at 8:47 am

    Are you sure it’s only Preschool she’s off to??
    She looks at least ready for Jr High!

    Cute outfit, cute kid, she must really have some good genes


  6. 6 Colleen September 24, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    Such a big girl in that first photo… and you can see the excitement in the second!

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