Monday, April 22, 2013

Do You Remember Your 1st Day of Kindergarten?

April 21, is Kindergarten Day – the celebratory birthday of Friedrich Froebe – the man who started the first kindergarten in 1837.
Kindergarten is a major milestone for children and their parents. The first day of kindergarten is one most don’t forget.
I remember my first day of kindergarten. My mother put me on the school bus. It was the first time I was separated from my mother.
I don’t remember crying. I don’t remember my mother crying. Maybe she did after the bus pulled away, though I very much doubt it. It was a different time then.
Besides, when my mother put me on the bus, she knew I’d come home and tell her every detail of my day.
I loved kindergarten. I still remember my teacher’s name: Ms. Kaplan. I loved the bus. Driving through different neighborhoods, singing songs, laughing with friends.
It was one of the happiest school years of my life.
That was a long, long, long time ago.
I will never forget my son, Norrin’s, first day of kindergarten. 
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