First Day of Pre-School

Our youngest grandson, Owen, started pre-school yesterday.  I join the crowd of parents and grandparents who have said this week, “I can’t believe it! It seems like it was just yesterday (s)he came home from the hospital!”


Yet here he was, excited to go to pre-school, proudly wearing his backpack, his lunch box packed with his favorite foods, and with a big smile on his face! (Yes, this is a big smile for him right now, as he is going through a phase of not wanting his picture taken.)


Last evening my husband and I Skype’d with Owen, to find out about his day.  He told us, with great excitement, that he painted and colored. He got to play with all of the toys, and he had fun on the playground. He said he had only one “accident” (still rather new to potty training), and he cried for Mom only once–when the teacher told him it was time to stop playing with the trucks. He said he learned a new song, “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” and proceeded to sing it for us. We clapped in delight and told him what a great song it was. We told him how proud we were of him for learning it so quickly, which prompted him to launch into the song a second time.  From that moment on, every time we asked him a question, he started singing “Itsy Bitsy Spider.”  Five times we heard it. And truthfully, it was as delightful to us the 5th time as it was the 1st time.

When we realized we had reached the end of Owen’s attention span, we told him good-night. But before hanging up, we asked if he was excited to go to school the next day.  He looked up at his Mom with surprise and asked, “I have to go to school again tomorrow?????”

Guess he thought it was a one-time thing.

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Comments (14)

  1. This is hilarious! He is such a hoot and you tell the story so well.

    September 8, 2016 at 12:14 pm
  2. LOL. That is so cute Karen. Believe me you will have many more stories coming very soon and I look forward to hearing about every one of them from you! 🙂

    September 8, 2016 at 1:33 pm
    • Karen

      Thanks, Cathy. It takes me back to when my own children were this age. It’s my FAVORITE! They are so innocent and say the most adorable things!

      September 8, 2016 at 2:38 pm
  3. Carol

    Oh my gosh, that little Owen is so darn cute. Loved hearing all about his 1st day. Now, I think we might just have a new host for Art Linkletter’s show “Kids Say the Darndest Things” (I always loved that show). You have such a gift for writing and might I add designing. Might be a good title for a kit/collection. I miss those days when my grandkids were in pre-school and early elementary grades. So much fun seeing their excitement as they were learning something new. They still get excited and love learning something new or saving their monies to buy the new series of books when they come out, but it’s just not the same as when they were younger.

    September 9, 2016 at 12:00 am
  4. OMGoodness – how heartwarming this is! It takes me back to when Danny was that age. Owen is soooo cute! I hope he has as much fun today as he did yesterday! You GO Owen! 🙂

    September 9, 2016 at 6:36 am
  5. Stephanie Barry

    What a great surprise ending to Owen’s story! Love it!

    September 9, 2016 at 11:46 am
  6. Diane

    Love this tale, too; and they do say the cutest things at that age. When my younger son was around that age, we were talking during a thunder and lightening storm and his explanation for the lightening was, “it’s when the sun blinks!”

    September 10, 2016 at 7:13 am
  7. Genie Wooden

    What a sweet story and a very cute little boy

    September 10, 2016 at 9:29 am
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