This afternoon, I took Henry to his Kindergarten orientation. All of the teachers and staff knew him as the triplet's little brother and gave him a royal welcome when he arrived. We had the opportunity to go for a ride on the school bus ...
Then we met with his future teacher in addition to the Art teacher, PE teacher and Music teacher. When we went to the music room, the teacher read the children a story and taught them a little song.
"Four little ducks went out to play ... over the hills and far away. Mama duck said 'Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack!' and three little ducks came flying back."
So on and so forth the song went until no little ducks came back to play. Eventually, the sad Mama duck went out to play, over the hills and far away, when she quacked for her babies - they all came back with ducklings of their own. Good Lord, I had to suppress a sob right there in the elementary school music room. Why did they have to pick that song? Why not, "I'm a Little Teapot Short and Stout"?
He was so incredibly good throughout the entire two-hour orientation, which concluded with cookies and milk in the cafeteria. He sat quietly and paid close attention and all I could think (aside from boo! my baby's growing up too quickly!) was how glad I was to have kept him in preschool an additional year. This year he's definitely ready for Kindergarten.
Hopefully come September, I will be too.