First Day


After months of anticipation, today was the day—Will set off for kindergarten and his first foray into all-day, all-week school. He’s been pretty excited since last spring when he understood it only as a state of being, and now that the big K actually has a place and a name, well, he couldn’t be more excited to get started.


Our wonderful Maine friends gave this backpack to Will when they visited him at ten days old, five years ago. It has hauled diapers, wipes, baby bottles, toys, baby rompers, blankets, burp cloths, baby food, snacks, big boy underwear, swimsuits, towels, goggles, lunch boxes, water bottles, notes and papers, toy cars, crayons and markers, coloring books, art projects and so much more. Now he is finally old enough to carry it himself, five years later. Thank you Ellen, John, Lydia and Jack for the most useful present of all time!

Who wouldn’t be excited to get started? He has gerbils and hermit crabs in his classroom, which is the loveliest shade of green. He also has three crackerjack teachers and a few old and dear friends in the mix–with several more to be discovered in the coming weeks, I’m sure. He came home with several of his trademark pirate ship drawings, so I know he felt at home.


We celebrated the milestone day after school with a stop at the local cider mill for donuts, cider and some much needed lazy time on the porch of the cider mill, sitting and talking about our days. When I asked Will what his favorite part of his first day was he said, “Everything, mom!”

Next week—nursery school for Henry!


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10 Responses to “First Day”

  1. Maria Says:

    Hurray for Will!

  2. lucinda Wesson Says:

    Yippe!!!! A little bird gave me some of those donuts yesterday!!! Yum!!!

  3. Shannon Says:

    Clyde’s?? Um…hello???

  4. Ashley Says:

    Love it! Great photos. Only 5 more years and then I will be sending my boys off to kindergarten.

  5. B. Says:

    Way to go William!

  6. Lisa Says:

    Oh the green room, Ashley was there too. Can’t wait till Claire is old enough…

  7. Amily Says:

    Glad he enjoyed it! How was mom on his first day at the big K?

  8. Sarah Says:

    Happy first day of K!

  9. Christina Says:

    I’ll go ahead and say it – he’s totally the cutest kidergartener for miles around. That crooked smile is the best. YAY for such a successful milestone!

  10. Jess K. Says:

    Um, so, why am I bawling over this? Oh, I know . . . how many reasons do you need? I think I can compete with Henry on reasons. So happy about the pirate ship drawings especially. Lucky lucky teachers.

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