“It’s the spirit here that counts. The time may be long, the vehicle may be strange or unexpected. But if the dream is held close to the heart, and imagination is applied to what there is close at hand, everything is still possible.”
― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
Nathan started Junior Kindergarten a couple of weeks ago. He was just aching to go right up until the morning of his first day. And that morning, his courage crept away on him.
If you know Nathan, you know that he is full throttle, 100% of the time. He’s happy, busy and so friendly. He doesn’t hesitate. And there he was, the morning of his first day of school, quiet. Quiet!! It was so unusual for him. He kept to himself (and to me) in the school yard that morning. Not one gusty, bellowing “Hello!!” slipped out of him, which was unusual enough to start giving me anxiety. That morning, I saw his quieter brothers in him. His eyes were wide and low, and his hands were tucked close to his body.
When it was time to go in, he seemed to find his enthusiasm again. He clapped and marched with the other kids, and then he was gone.
The trepidation was short lived. A few days (and one haircut) later, we went out to take a few photos together to remember him as he was when he started school (and we even hunted down some school buses for these photos). As you can see, the shyness and quiet was short-lived. Our little Tasmanian devil is back. I could hardly keep up with him. And all is well with the world again.