10 July, 2006

Appu's First Day at Primary School

September 2004
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Got back from school a while back and Abhay was still asleep ....but then he woke up suddenly and started screaming - just held him for a while and patted him back to sleep and after that just sat around gathering my thoughts, had my breakfast, downloaded the photos that we took today morning before and in school and now realise that the house feels so very empty ......

Abhay's asleep and Appu's at school .......

This was how the events of the morning unfolded .....

Morning 4.45 am Abhay started screaming - then had his milk androlled back to sleep - since I had slept pretty late last nite Idecided to nap it up as well - my day today began at 6 am.

Appu woke up all fresh and raring to go at around 6.15 am and all threeof us (appu mom and dad) were ready by 7.40 am.

Abhay, by then,definitely knew that something was going on but decided (thankfully)to be a silent observer instead of bellowing his protests.

7.45 am we went downstairs and waited for the bus. The bus was a bit late (guess the driver had first day blues too :-)) and Appu was beginning to get restless. The bus finally appeared at 5 mins to 8 am and it was just Appu from our block and 3 other kids from the next block.

Just as these kids were getting settled in, one of the kids from the next block threw up all over the bus (she had been kinda teary when she got into the bus) and I could see apprehension seeping into the other kids in the bus (if this could happen to an experienced old-time student any reason why it should not happen to us - thats what their looks said)

Anyways that lil girl went off home - no school today and the rest of us after stopping enroute and picking up a lot many more kids, reached school around 8.30 am.There were lots of senior students waiting in the foyer to take the little ones to the assembly hall (this was one aspect I loved about this school - there was no hesitation on the part of the little ones to go along with the elder ones) where the principal and deputy principal were waiting to receive them.

Then after all the kids were in, we parents went in too and the principal spoke to us all and then the kids lined up and were escorted to their respective classrooms.

As the principal put it "in our days when school started the kids used to cry but nowadays from what I see the kids cry less and the parents more". He could not have been closer to the truth.

And just before she left the assembly room to go on to her classroom Appu gave us a smile looking all so grown up. Then a wave of her hand and a little kiss that came flying shewalked off ............ She was really brave thru it all todaydespite the fact that it was a totally new place and absolutely newpeople ........ and I was the one who was on the verge of tears ....

Then we went to the classrooms (not inside the class) watched ourkids from the lobby and all the kids were sitting on the mat. As I looked at my baby and waved goodbye she smiled and waved back and as we turned to leave I guess the class teacher called out her name and I can still hear her voice ringing in my ears as she put her hand upand said "Here Ms.Nanorian".........

Am waiting for 3.15 pm when her bus will bring her back home and hope to see her coming back with a smile on her face .......









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