Bumble Bee's first day of preschool was a mixture of excitement, tears, and fun. She woke up excited about school, probably sensing some of Hummingbird's excitement. When it was time to go, though, she got nervous. I think the crowds of kids and parents started the nerves. By the time we got into her classroom, she was clinging and begging to go home. When I finally extricated myself, half of the kids in her class were in tears. The teacher, her aide, and another staffer were trying to calm them. And eventually they did. She had fun reading, playing, and singing.
All that effort to get her accustomed to going to school may be wasted... The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is considering a strike. That is just what Bumble Bee doesn't need. More on that later if it materializes; for now, I'm just hoping it doesn't.