|This was my fifth birthday. My mom sent cupcakes and party sacks to MDO.|
|I like how these photos look Instagrammed, but actually they're just for real vintage...|
Apparently these are the only photos that remain from my days at Mother's Day Out (at least in our possession). Since my memory isn't the best, these photos are the memory. I LOVE looking at these photos because they include little faces that travelled with me to elementary school, junior high and high school. And my best friend was even my roommate in college! That's the way we roll in small towns. A handful of kids may move away or start late, but for the most part, you'll toss your flat green hat into the air with the same kids who shared your birthday cupcakes at "Mother's Day Out."
I know. It's crazy.
This week, my kids started "Mother's Day Out" too. Eden had never been so excited in her whole life. She is just like I was at her age, raring to go learn and spend the day with friends. I told Eden about "play school" a week before she started (big mistake on my part), and for the next seven days, I had to answer the question, "Is Play School TODAY?!?!?!?!"
When the day finally arrived, Eden was the cutest thing ever. With her big pink hair bow, new princess lunchbox and ear-to-ear grin, she stole her teachers' hearts upon arrival. I could tell ;)
|Eden and Selah headed to their first day of "Play School"... Eden is pumped. Selah is clueless :)|
After arriving at "Play School," we were directed to the kids' classrooms, and get this: Eden's room was the same. exact. one. where I remember taking naps and hammering nails into a stump. I flashed back twenty or so years when I walked in.
|Eden with her friends in her new (my old) classroom|
Then I walked through the Fellowship Hall (where we celebrated my fifth birthday with cupcakes) and was directed to Selah's room. And what teacher did I find there? Another sweet old lady who kept the baby room back when my sister was the baby.
I was amazed at how much things hadn't changed.
Eden loved her first day of "Play School." I think it was everything she dreamed of... Selah cried when I left her room but stopped after a few minutes and was happy and playing when I picked her up. I had such a good feeling after their first day. Everything was so organized, so professional. The teachers obviously loved the kids. And we've already talked about their experience...
|Smokey the Bear came this week to visit the kids at MDO credit: John Pressgrove|
And they'll be a part of a rare, small-town story that not many can tell.