Last night at midnight, I had just turned out my light and was beginning to drift away when I heard a little voice above my head, “Mommy! I got up to go potty and wiggled my tooth, and it’s bleeding a little. Can I stay up and try to pull it out so the tooth fairy can come?” Seriously???? At midnight???? The idea of getting tooth-fairy-ready in the wee hours of the night was less than appealing to me. “No, honey. The tooth will have to wait until tomorrow. Go to bed.” “But what if I swallow it in my sleep?,” my hypochondriac daughter shrieked? “GO TO BED!!!!!” I shrieked back!
It is true. My reactions are a little less than patient and tactful when I’ve been awoken out of my sleep for such conversations, but as I was trying to shake the sleep off, I did try to remind myself that to a 7-year-old, the idea of a magical fairy visiting in the middle of the night leaving presents and money could certainly warrant a trip to Mommy’s room. Sucker that I am, I let her crawl into bed with us and reassured her that I would never let her swallow her tooth in her sleep.
It is a day filled with anticipation. Not only is there a tooth hanging on a strand, but today is “meet your teacher” day at my children’s elementary school. This is a BIG deal to all of us, as I have an entering 2nd grader and entering kindergartener. In Arizona, school starts earlier than in most places around the country (to avoid going to school in our hottest month … June), and the first day is tomorrow. Meeting their teachers sets the tone for the whole year, and despite their young ages, both of my kids are ready to seize these figures of authority up.
In particular, it will be really interesting to see my son’s reaction. He is in for the shock of his life, because I know he has no idea that he is not going to be allowed to play all day long as he did in preschool. I am filled with anticipation to see if he can follow rules and learn something in the process. Must. Take. Deep. Breathes. Oh please, oh please, oh please, do well in school, my rebellious son! Fingers crossed!
My song of the day is Carly Simon’s “Anticipation,” because we are all filled with it. It’s a great song, and if you feel like hearing a great classic tune, click on this Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NwP3wes4M8. It is reassuring to me that most everyone goes through this emotion at one point or another, because otherwise, Carly Simon wouldn’t have written the song. Nothing we can do except to see how all of this plays out. Until tomorrow. Check back for 1st day of school pictures and what I can assure you will be a very emotional blog!