Originally Published: August 28, 2008 9:24 a.m.
My son is starting pre-school soon and I can't wait. I loved seeing him for the first four years of his life grow into this outspoken, funny little man, who at times (a lot of times, actually) doesn't like to listen to his mother.
Oh, but the mention of "I'm going to tell your Dad!" Panic spasms start in - while he's pleading for me not to tell his father. The spasms are nothing serious, of course. They are just your regular tantrum. Although, my son (as well as his siblings), likes to think differently. Especially when it comes to telling Dad that he hasn't listened to Mom. Ah, yes, the attitude of the middle child.
Lovely, isn't it?
Well folks child No. 2 is going to school and like I said, I can't wait! I know how this sounds. But, I beg to differ. I have spent many days and nights with this one and I've had my share of late night feedings, food being launched at me, dirt in my hair and other places I'd rather not mention, embarrassing moments as well, let's see, uh, everywhere! And many, many, good and not so good experiences.
Of course this comes with the territory of having children. All in all, I wouldn't change it for the world. It's my life and my learning experience. I accept it and respect it. Sometimes. I have to be honest, right?
I can't wait for my son to go off and learn with new kids his age and start taking direction from other adults (teachers) who have much experience in teaching children. I want him to learn about everything. I'm sure he will soak up so much information and come home telling me about what he has experienced with enthusiasm and joy in his precious voice.
This little guy of mine is going to be the smart class clown. Oh, I know, he's quite a character. There may be some trouble in store for me but I'm sure many proud moments as well.
When he becomes a man he is going to make that one girl he loves go on the ride of her life and I will be there watching, smiling and stepping in when needed. This one will definitely NOT be boring. That's a long time away but it's great to think about, even if it's only for a second.
So wish me luck, as I wish him luck, as he goes off to pre-school.