Wednesday, September 15, 2010
All The Colors of Kindergarten
Kindergarten has been about Color Days. This week we have black days, then gray days, then it's on to Letters which I don't think is going to be nearly as fascinating for Maria as Color Days.
"This is PINK day.
I love pink.
And purple, red, orange, and brown, and green, and blue, and I love all the colors."
She really has been loving all of the colors.
I wonder if loving school has anything to do with the focus on what to wear?
She is making friends, and taking initiative. She is learning new games, and yoga.
The other day, I may have been a weensy bit stressy, she came up to me and said: "Now close your eyes, and breath in. Hold it. And let go."
It transformed me.
Initiative? She has been asking about hot lunch since August. She wants in on the hot lunch. It must seem very glamorous, very exotic. Every other day she has some alluring tid-bit about the merits of hot lunch. And basically my job has been to evade her pointed inquiries, and heartfelt pleas. My brain has been too saturated to figure out the hot lunch system, and I am far, far less enchanted by the fast-food catering lunch program anyway.
Monday when I met her at the pick-up gate, she took my hand reassuringly and said: "I asked teacher about hot lunch, and I know how to do it. Let's go to the office."
She's paid up for ten hot lunches. I asked her: "You're going to make healthy choices, right?"
She said, sincerely: "Yes." And with five year old glee she declared: "I am getting the chocolate milk!!"
Also: She is opening a restaurant. She wants to be a dancer, a firefighter, a doctor, a teacher, and a chef. She already designs robots. And she tells everyone that she is a farmer... she is so happy to finally have her very own boots. "Farmers need boots, and you and me are farmers, right momma?"
Yes, we are. We are colorful farmers, in boots.