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Then & Now: The First Day of School

August 26, 2014

At the beginning of each school year, I ask Brynna the same set of questions. It’s fun to see how some answers change over time, some stay the same and some go from “purple and pink with sparkles” to “purplish pink.” (Because those are clearly those are not the same thing.) I’ve been looking forward all summer to asking her the questions. Knowing Brynna’s outlier personality and flair for the dramatic, I figured her answers would be funny, heartwarming and downright ridiculous all at the same time. I wasn’t wrong…

PRESCHOOL

What do you want to be when you grow up?
An adult. And a painter.
Where do you want to live when you grow up?
In a house. Wherever you guys are.
Who is your best friend?
Daddy
My favorite thing to do for fun is:
play games
The thing I like most/am most looking forward to about school is:
playing with baby dolls
The thing I like least/am not looking forward to about school is:
playing blocks with boys (I only want to play with girls.)
If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
Australia where Aunt Vikki is
What is your favorite color?
purple and pink with sparkles
What is your favorite book?
[prerecorded] books NayNay reads
What is your favorite food?
Oreos
What is your favorite movie?
Little Mermaid
What is your favorite tv show?
So You Think You Can Dance
What is your favorite song?
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
The thing I like most about me is:
my long hair
Something I’m really good at is:
splashing in the pool

Something that’s hard for me is:
to stop whining
If I had a super power it would be:
flower power

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KINDERGARTEN

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A dancer
Where do you want to live when you grow up?
A townhouse. In Dallas.
Who is your best friend?
Brody in Virginia and Kaitlin in Texas
My favorite thing to do for fun is:
paint
The thing I like most/am most looking forward to about school is:
playing on the playground

The thing I like least/am not looking forward to about school is:
homework

If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
Australia
What is your favorite color?
pinkish purple

What is your favorite book?
The Princess and the Kiss
What is your favorite food?
toast
What is your favorite movie?
I can’t pick. Any fairytale movies.

What is your favorite tv show?
Paw Patrol
What is your favorite song?
Jump for Joy

The thing I like most about me is:
that I go on adventures with Daddy
Something I’m really good at is:
swimming
Something that’s hard for me is:
reading every single book
If I had a super power it would be:
Well, I already have this power, but to transform into a fairy or mermaid.

I promise I’m not making this stuff up. My child looked me straight in the face like I was dense for asking (there may have even been an eye roll) and said she already possesses the power to transform into a fairy or mermaid. And in the interest of clarification, I’d like to point out that I’ve never suggested she need to be able to read “every single book.”

The answers were varied in places as I expected and eerily similar in others. I didn’t prompt her or tell her the answers from the previous year. The fact that she would go to Australia is evidence that a part of her heart lives there with my sister, too. The fact that “purple and pink with sparkles” only changed slightly to “purplish pink” explains why it looks like a truckload of cotton candy exploded in her bedroom.

But while I was interested in the similarities and prepared for the difference in answers from year to year, I didn’t anticipate just how much my interviewee herself would change. She clung a little closer to my side and hid behind my leg the first couple of weeks of preschool. I expected at least a little show of shyness this year, but gone was the girl hiding behind me. She walked confidently in to Kindergarten, took her seat and never looked back. Today…on the second day…she insisted I drop her off at the curb and not even walk in with her.

She’s going to keep changing. She’s growing. And it will be hard for me to swallow at times. I think I asked her 112 times if she was sure she didn’t want me to walk her inside. But even on the days it’s hardest for me, being a Real mom means remembering that this is my job. God didn’t give her to me to keep. He gave her to me so I could teach her and send her back to Him. Each time she stands on her own, doesn’t need my help or tries something new, it’s reason to celebrate. I’ve done my job well.firstdayquestionspic

And so have you.

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