Aug 20, 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!

8 comments:

morag said...

I'm so happy things went well with the new school today. I hope all of you have a good night sleep! Are the classrooms set up in a similar way to ours?

Karen MEG said...

So glad to hear that the first day was a success! I can totally relate to what Christopher was going through - and so amazed at how well B-boy handled things. You must be so proud of your boys!
Can't believe school is just around the corner here too! Where did summer go?

Hae Yung said...

I was thinking about your kids all day today. I was wondering how they were doing on their first day at school. I was also wondering how you were handling their first day. I am so glad that they both adjusted so well to their new school. I think Benjamin is maturing and he's very ready to handle new situations. Christopher will always do well and make friends very easily. I am sure that they'll both do great and make lots of new friends.

Family Adventure said...

Morag: The classrooms are completely and totally different. A blog in itself, though, I am gathering proof as we speak. Stay tuned.
Karen: Enjoy the last few days of carefree mornings. The stress will start soon enough! Good luck in grade 2. Keep me posted.
HY: C already has his buddies and is refusing to walk to school with us now. B boy is still happy to walk with us, though. I hope he gets a couple of close buddies soon, and that he does not pick the biggest, wildest boys in the class. But knowing him...

Judy said...

Hey, it's amazing to see how much your blog has gotten longer while I was away. It took me forever to read them all. I felt like you guys are still in the neighborhood as I was reading them. Good to hear that Christopher & Benjamin are adusting really well to the new school. Lucas & Spencer are sending their regards to your boys.

Hae Yung said...

I think knowing both of your boys, they'll pick the best kids out there. Christopher and Benjamin are such sweet, loving kids.... they will always have lots of people who care about them around them. I miss them...can you tell.

Family Adventure said...

Judy: Great to hear from you! Send me an email with your adventures from your trip to LA and Korea. Hope the kids are all doing well. xox
HY: You always have more faith in my kiddies than I do. Thanks. They miss all of you guys, too. B boy asked if the kids could come back soon. Couldn't break his heart, so I said "We'll see".

Hae Yung said...

I have total faith that your kids will always be kind and loving....without a doubt. They may still be emotional or busy at times but always sweet and loving. Nathan and Samantha would love to go back and visit for months and if they could miss school in the process, happier they would be. We are all looking forward to your return to Bayview Hills.