The first day of school came and went yesterday. New town means new school...which means lots of adjusting. Our little ones, Drake and Cora are amazing, resilient children - they were of course nervous about all the newness - but came home with big smiles on their faces and excited about everything. Gage...that's a different story. Gage doesn't like change and doesn't like to be away from his family. He came home extremely stressed out...it's not that anyone was mean to him...but no one was particularly nice to him either. His classes are spread out - meaning lots of going from the basement to the second floor on the opposite side of school. (but mind you, it's not a very large school). As he was chugging through tears about how terrible his day was, we tried to remind him to think of the positive things that happened. He wasn't sure he could face the next morning (especially since the bus was scheduled to pick him up at 6:15 AM). He even started talking about doing an online school. However, this morning, as we were rubbing the sleepies out of our eyes at 5:30 AM, he came and said that although he was tired, it wasn't as bad as he thought. He got up and ready. He seemed better prepared for his day. There were no tears. We walked to the end of our driveway and waited for the bus - I'm hoping that he has a MUCH better day. Change is hard - I get it. But the rewards of having this home far outweigh the challenges. We all just need to keep our minds open.
Update: Just got a phone call from Gage from school...today doesn't seem much better. Lots of tears and convincing to go back to class.
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