Monday, September 12, 2011

School Days

Last spring, we had the worst time finding a preschol for Luke. We needed one with before and after school care to fit with our schedules and that was surprisingly difficult and frustrating. Finally, a friend recommended one with before school care that began at 6:30. And bonus? I drive right past it on my way to work.

Although I know Luke would've been fine without preschool, I knew that it would be good for him. And it has been so good. I love his school. I pick him up and he's bursting to tell me everything that he did. I get to dig through his backpack and see his papers from that day, then we go to pick up Tommy.

The unexpected joy in all this, though, has been the gain of a carpool buddy. I'm new to this. Shane has always been in charge of drop off. I do pick up most nights, but the sitter lives only eight houses away from us--truthfully, in the time that it takes me to buckle them into their car seats, we could've walked home.

On the days that he goes to preschool, we talk about everything. What he's going to do that day. What he hopes to do that day. Whether he thinks recess will be inside or outside. He tells me about his friends at school and his teachers and what someone brought for snacktime. We talk about how pretty the sunrise is. On the way home, he tells me he's hungry and sometimes we stop and pick out a snack at the gas station. Last week, beef jerky was buy one get one free. These are the things I missed out on when I only drove myself to and from work. Sure, my carpool buddy never offers to drive or pay for gas, but I wouldn't trade him for anything in the world.

12 comments:

Bari said...

I'd say you have a great carpool buddy!

quicklikeabunny said...

This makes me smile. Those car conversations are awesome.

Sarah said...

Sounds like perfection.
My own son is due to be born in about 7 weeks or so. Posts like these just add to my excitement:-).

Adam said...

It's amazing how much a short block of one-on-one time can mean to you both, especially when it happens regularly. That would definitely make the trip to work a huge positive.

Katie said...

Sounds like great memories for both you and Luke. I remember my mom would take me for a special lunch after preschool most days. I remember it very fondly, as I'm sure Luke will too.

Lyndsay said...

That's awesome.

I love the days that I'm able to walk to Munchie's school to pick her up at the end of the day. She is way more chatty on that 6-minute walk than she would be in the backseat of the car.

(Plus she holds my hand.)

Sharon - MomGenerations said...

This sounds idyllic! I am so, so happy for you and have been thinking about you during these back-to-school days... ! xo!

keli [at] kidnapped by suburbia said...

this is so sweet. i love my carpool buddy, too. :)

Kaycee said...

How totally sweet! Sounds like so much fun for the two of you!

Zee said...

When I was a teenager I spent two hours a week alone in the car with one of my parents. It was the best time each week. On Fridays when they picked me up we would talk about our weeks, on Sundays when they drove me back we would talk about things that worried me, or things that had happened during the weekend. It was perfect because we were stuck with each other, but we couldn't actually look at each other. Some conversations are just easier to have when you don't have to look at the other person.

Bobbi Janay said...

That sounds like the perfect person to have on your commute.

Bobbi Janay said...

That sounds like the perfect person to have on your commute.