Tonight I told Ale about a first day tradition from my youth: at night, Aunt Jen-Jen and I would lay in bed and dream about the first day of school. It was her secret to falling asleep, and rather effective! “Just think about your first day,” she would say. Tonight I added, “Think of all the fun you are going to have tomorrow–all the friends you get to play with!”
I remember thinking about Sister Bear’s kindergarten as a kid–wishing I had barrels of clay to play with or a see-saw right there in the classroom! I wonder what she thought of as she fought sleep last night. Maybe getting to paint? Reading her name like Froggy? Having snack like Emily Elizabeth?
We checked out a pile of first day books last week, and we have read them together. We’ve talked about “nap time,” and how it is okay to just rest quietly. We tried on her socks and shoes, and practiced using the potty in her skirt. And I have been the nervous one, knowing that this year will be one she remembers for the rest of her life!
In just a few hours, my little girl is going to her first day of Kinder 1. In Mexico there are three years of Kindergarten, the first being when students are three years old. She is excited, and ready for some out of the house stimulation. And lucky for the both of us, she will be in my school! I can’t wait to see her playing outside, talking Spanish to her friends, and wearing her tiny uniform.
When I had a class of students, I would always pray for them this first night before school. I would pray that God would give me the kids that needed me. I know that the biggest testimony is often that of a little life though, and I think of that these days: how can I help her little light to shine for others?
I read these verses this week in Deuteronomy 6:
“…and thou shalt love Jehovah thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be upon thy heart; and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thy hand, and they shall be for frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the door-posts of thy house, and upon thy gates.”
I want to do a better job of that first part (loving God more) AND the second part (talking to my girls about my love and desire to serve God.) If her life can be used, even at age three, then what she is seeing and hearing at home must be the right things!