20 Aug 2007
And so it begins...
...the very first day of school here in Norway. We came along for the ride, even though kids most often go to school unaccompanied in these areas. Christopher had not slept all that well, and was a little nervous this morning. I don't blame him. Going into grade 5 as a new kid can't be easy. I changed schools a few times myself growing up, and I clearly remember that sinking feeling in your gut as you walk into a classroom and feel like everyone is staring, assessing you and what you're worth. Yuk. Of course, Christopher also had to deal with a new language and a school system he is completely unfamiliar with.
The things we do to our kids!
Benjamin was, in his own words "scared, excited and nervous", but while Christopher was dragging his feet a bit, making the 2 minute walk to school twice as long (yes, a full 4 minutes), Benjamin trodded along seemingly without a care. Funny, I always figure B boy to be the one who needs my guidance and support, whereas Christopher usually lands with his feet on the ground. Today, however, I have to say that I was so proud of my baby boy. Even though he speaks next to no Norwegian, he walked into that classroom as if he had done so a million times before. He sat down in the middle of a bench, with new kids all around him and clearly tried to follow what the teacher said. I was amazed.
We left the kids at the school for the school day, which turned out to be only three hours long. It was a type of orientation day. As we returned at noon, Christopher was waiting for us, excited to tell us that he had made a new friend, and wanted to know what our address was. Apparently, he had been asked where he lives and realized he has no idea! Bad mommy! He also requested a cell phone ASAP, so he can call us next time he is going to stay after school to play soccer with the other kids. Music to my ears. We'll have to see about that cell phone, though...
Benjamin rated the school a 9 out of 10. His class of 23 students has a blueberry picking trip scheduled for Wednesday, which he is excited about. The only problem is that he doesn't like blueberries. I guess he'll have to learn.
All in all, a successful day. Christopher was not the only one who did not sleep well last night, and I dare say most of us will be sleeping soundly tonight!