Perhaps the bosses are talking promotions or raises, or maybe friends are chatting about a juicy event. Maybe, your child is off and out of your care … away from family for the first time … and you’re dying to know how they’re doing.
How do they behave? Are they happy or sad? Do they have friends to chat with, or are they quiet and shy?
After several years of attending parent-teacher conferences, I’m still surprised to learn new things about my children. My eldest, typically a total rules follower, apparently is a chatterbox in the classroom. My middle son, on the other hand, who is usually wild at home, is super observant and quiet at school. What? Who are these kids? Clearly they have multiple personalities!
So today, as I dropped my youngest off to preschool for the first time, I was delighted to spend the morning as a voyeur.
Her school as those secret observation rooms where you can look into the classrooms, but the kids can’t see you watching their every move.
As I stood in the shadows of the small room nursing a skinny vanilla latte, I was in awe of my daughter. She has been in the loving care of her grandparents when me and my husband have been at work for the past three years, and today we thrust her into a whole new world.
There were a few tears when I left her, but she quickly settled down.
When I visited later in the morning, she was already singing songs, doing hand movements and following directions with ease.
She’s been a little bossy with her older brothers this summer, so I’m curious to see how she relates to her peers. All week, she’s been bragging that she is going to hang out with her friends and eat lunch and jump around the playground. She was even telling me not to forget to bring her homework. Obviously, she’s been watching her brothers’ routines the past few years.
Cue sigh. She’s growing up.
Later, I’ll pick her up and hear firsthand what she thought of school. And tomorrow, I’ll head back to the office with no time to spy. Still, it was nice to observe her today, catching glimpses of the little independent person emerging.
And who knows, with technology, perhaps I can peek in on all of my kids soon without them knowing? We’ll be GPS-tracking them for sure when they’re teenagers!