This one turned out really well.
Sam was first to leave and gave me the closest thing I got to a first day of school smile. Look at his natural pose and totally sincere smile.
This next one, on the other hand, started yelling at me from the second he woke up. He was tired because he couldn’t fall asleep last night and I think he was probably stressed out about the first day. I was worried that I wasn’t going to get him all the way around the corner to the bus stop and up the steps of the bus.
I honestly can’t remember if I threatened him or bribed him, but I was effective enough to put him in motion.
(Incidentally, he yelled at me after he got home as well even though he seems to have had a good day. We made him go to sleep early tonight.)
Then Jack and I walked back down the street to wait for his bus. I was pretty sure it was going to be late because it was the first day and all, but I wasn’t prepared for it to drive right past where we were standing on the sidewalk…waving…and not even slow down.
The the driver called me and I was all, “Hey, yeah, I totally watched you turn onto my street, drive past us, and then turn off of our street. It was weird.” Eventually they came back and Jack very happily jumped on board. He’s been very worried about school, and he was sick enough yesterday that I was worried I wouldn’t be able to send him today, but everything turned around for him. When he got home and I asked him how school was, he told me that it was, “Awesome!”
Jack didn’t yell at me at all today.
Also? In between all the yelling, my day was quiet and delightful.