Monday, August 22, 2016

Porter starts 1st grade

Porter was the first of the kids to go back to school, and this first day was a first in a very real sense.  Though Porter has attended various part-day preschool programs starting at age 2, today he embarked on state-mandated and attendance-monitored full-day public education.  We did not do so very well last year with attending regularly, or punctually, but we have to pull it together since Texas does not tolerate any form of truancy. 

He was very excited to go.  Will, Andrew and I were able to walk him to his class and meet his teacher, who seemed very nice.  It was hard for me to say goodbye to my little buddy, the sweet companion and helper of the last several years, and I think it was a little bit scary for him, too.  But when he came home off the bus today, he was super happy to report that he had a great day and made two friends.  I think it will be a wonderful year for Porter.  I love that he spontaneously assumed this leaned-over pose, the same from back in 2013 on the first day of preschool.  The similarity is both cure and reassuring; Porter is not the kind of kid you hope will change much.  Cheerful, sensitive to the feelings of others, helpful, happy, spunky and super sweet, he is a joy and his life is joyful.  We love you, Pie-Guy!

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