When asked a number of times this past week if he is ready for high school, Daniel quietly answered, I’m confident.
He had his schedule. He mapped out his route through the campus. Backpack – check. Laptop – check. New binder – check. School approved ball cap – check. Alarm set – check. He was ready to join his 453 fellow freshmen. From a class of 68 in 8th grade to a class of 454 – talk about a little fish in a big pond! It’s a big pond with only 3 of his classmates in 8th grade joining him because boundary lines are real and really enforced. But he was confident.
He was confident right up until he got out of the car this morning. But he walked across the street towards his new school anyway. Seven hours later – how did it go? The locker remains a problem. He got lost once. Only one of his friends is in one of his classes and he did not see the others at all. And he was starving – actually he was HANGRY. Why no brunch or lunch, I ask. Because the mass chaos in the cafeteria was much too much.
He reported it was so loud and crowded, people were pushing and shoving and he could not make heads or tails out of where he could pick up food or pay for food and he was still frustrated that he got lost finding his 3rd period class and afraid that he wouldn’t be able to find his 4th period class he just left the chaos assaulting his already stressed senses and sat outside his 4th period class waiting for the bell to ring.
How was your day mom?
The first day of school for a freshman can be overwhelming – and it was to the point that he was trying so hard to keep his shit together on an empty stomach in front of me. He’ll get this I assure him. It doesn’t take a day though. The fact that he only got lost once and wasn’t late to any class is amazing. That locker might always be a problem – or maybe tomorrow it will open up the first try. And the cafeteria? Let’s brown bag it for now and focus on getting comfortable with this new campus, new teachers and perhaps getting to know some of the other 450+ freshmen who likely had a day like him.
And so belly now full and talking today’s frustrations out, confidence is a little bit restored.
Mom has about 6 more gray hairs that Hollie will need to cover soon and the beginning of a new worry line. But I also have new wallpaper on my phone to enjoy. compliments of my favorite 4th grader and kindergartener.
School Year 2017/2018, we are here!