I was going to call this I Survived but apparently I already said that when I was talking about that Crazy Race and that isn't what I'm talking about now.
Now I'm talking about Preschool.
Today was the last day for my little ones.
Tomorrow night they graduate, then they will spend the summer making their parents insane before they head off to kindergarten.
I've learned a few things along the way and I wanted to share them with you in case anyone ever offers you a group of young minds to mold. I mean teach. I totally meant teach. Not mold. That would be weird.
1. Stockpiling is a necessity when it comes to red paint and glue sticks. Hoard them like they are the only weapon that will work against the zombies.
2. Snot is sticky. You might already know this but it needs repeating.
3. Whining is contagious like Ebola. You need to stop it at patient zero or it can turn into an epidemic.
4. Structure is great but you need to go with the flow sometimes and that might mean your perfectly cut craft turns into a fairy unicorn instead of the horse and carriage you found on pintrest.
5. Kids can be frustrating beyond words.
6. Kids can be insanely funny, sweet, kind and insightful.
7. Yesterday was the most exciting day ever. Or it's hard for four year olds to grasp the concept of time.
8. Mom's cry over their babies big moments. Some times it's my fault, some times it's not. Either way you have to comfort them.
9. Adding dots to letters is fancy.
Now I don't remember anything about being in Preschool personally. I know it was in a church in Queens but I don't remember any classmates or teachers. I don't remember what color the walls were or what songs we sang at circle time.
I'm not so vain as to think I have somehow changed their lives but I hope I gave them a good start so that one day when they meet that teacher that they remember forever it's for all the right reasons.
For me it was Mrs. Hall. She taught 3rd grade and I remember sitting in her class and learning how to fold an origami swan. I know she taught me about the states and multiplication and a thousand other things but that one moment I remember like it was yesterday.
If you've ever sat in a boring meeting with me than you know I can still do it. I can still fold that perfect swan 30 years later.