Today was Caroline’s first day of school (and also day 5 of my sinus cavity being under siege). This is a new school for her this year, so I was a little anxious as we made our way there this morning. We walked into her new classroom and she immediately ran over to her classmates. I asked her if she was going to give me a hug and she did. I lingered for one more moment just to watch her and she looked back at me and said, “Aren’t you gonna leave?” Oh she put on a brave front, but I bet inside she was crying. Right.
I took my cue and left. I had a million things to do and it’s amazing how efficient one can be when not toting a 3 year old around. I actually ran errands and accomplished something.
When I arrived to pick her up she came running to me with a loud “Mama” and spent the whole ride home talking nonstop about her day. She told me about her new friends and even sang a little song for me that she learned at chapel. I asked her if they sang any other songs at chapel and she told me “Yes, we sang Sweet Caroline”, but I’m highly doubting the credibility of that claim. Methodists usually aren’t known for using Neil Diamond in their worship.
Today was also notable because it was the first truly rainy day we’ve had in about 6 months. It actually felt a little like fall between the rain and the fact that the high was only 83. 83 glorious degrees and I wanted to put on a long sleeve shirt. Oh cooler temperatures, how I love thee.
Anyway, Caroline has been begging for a raincoat, rainboots and an umbrella. I mean to the point of bordering on obsessive. I have been putting her off by telling her we’re in the middle of a drought and honestly, if it’s dry enough that you can’t even run the sprinklers then there is really no need to rush out and buy raingear that she’ll outgrow before we ever see a raindrop. I spent the last 6 months successfully dodging the raincoat bullet with the promise that we’ll buy a raincoat when it rains.
My child has a memory like the proverbial elephant.
We got home from school and she was having a snack. All of a sudden the light came on…”Mama, is it raining outside?” I said, “Yes, it’s raining. Isn’t that great?” and because I am so kid savvy I added “I bet the trees are loving this rain. They’re probably saying MMMM delicioso!” She cut me off mid Dora the Explorer reference to say, “Well, time to go to the store and buy my rainboots!”
Note to self, be careful what you promise.
So off we went to buy the full rainy day ensemble. They had so many cute options, pink cats, butterflies, flowers and princesses. This is what she chose.
Could she Bee any cuter? (I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself.)