The alarm goes off at 6:45 a.m. and Lily is dressed, her hair brushed and ready for breakfast in 3 minutes time. I'm thinking~ Huh. That's unusual. Last school year it took her 30-45 minutes to just put her clothes on. Then I would scramble to do her hair while she glared and poked at her breakfast, then we'd grab her shoes and backpack on our way out the door and I'd wrap her toast in a paper towel for her to eat in the car on the way to school.
So what's with the remarkable enthusiasm? It's the magic of a new school year. It kicks us into gear- and by "us" I mean all of us. After our joyous summer devoid of alarm clocks, routines, schedules, and deadlines, school comes knocking at our door and we're back in business. And yes, we were out the door in no time on the first day of school.
Now it's been 3 weeks since school began and morning routines are a bit of a drudgery again. But that's what I expected.
Lily unmistakably has a rough time rolling out of bed, but she loves school. She tells me that she has a very nice and beautiful teacher, Mrs. Brinkerhoff.
Me: What do you play?
Lily: We play the same thing every recess.
Me: And what's that?
Lily: Oh, just like we're dogs.
That doesn't surprise me. She's wanted a dog since forever ago. Her favorite shows are Martha Speaks (on PBS, a cartoon about a talking dog) and Dogs With Jobs (BYU-TV). And any gift-giving holiday she makes it known that she wants a puppy.
One day I drove by the school at recess time and saw Lily holding her friend's hand and running around the playground. It makes my heart happy for her, especially since I've been tragically weighed down with her being gone from home (me) for such a long part of the day. Amara at first would ask if Lily was coming home soon or if we were going to run an errand, she'd ask if we were going to get Lily, but now she realizes that Lily goes early to school with dad and comes home with him close to dinner time.
We all wake up early and get ready for the day at the same time, so sometimes Amara and I will go to the school early and help Steve in his classroom and walk Lily to class.
I've always loved Lily's drawings and she's come home with some great ones. I'll share one of her worksheets with you, so you can enjoy her artwork as much as I do.