The both of us took time out of work yesterday to accompany Hannah on her first day of school at pre-nursery. Ling’s probably more experienced in this sort of thing than I am, because it was a real eye-opener for me! Lots of kids, noise, parents all armed to the teeth with media recording devices all recording and documenting their children’s first days.
The both of us expected Hannah to experience separation anxiety, and we weren’t disappointed. Hannah bawled as she was getting up the school bus (but eventually got up anyway).
Funny incident to follow next: we went ahead in our own car as the bus continued making its rounds around the neighborhood. Upon arrival at the nursery, we heard loud wailings from inside and chuckled to ourselves that when Hannah arrives shortly, she’ll probably be joining the chorus. Little did we realize that the wailing we were hearing was from our girl! Apparently the bus got to the school even quicker than we did.
Things still went pretty well, all things considered. Apart from her bit of bawling while getting up the bus and initially in school, Hannah seemed to adjust to her new surroundings reasonably quick. She was by no means the only child crying for certain. There was one boy who wailed buckets when we arrived, and was still at it when we left the school 30 minutes later for breakfast!=)