HOW TO MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION
Luke started pre-school this week. I don't know who was more nervous about it, him or me.
My greatest concern was that he would have no friends. I have seen Luke shunned several times on the playground, at church, and at home. I've even watched kids play Hide and Go Seek with Luke and then laugh when they purposefully never go find him. I know there isn't much I can do about it, but it really does break my heart.
So, I was determined to make sure Luke was accepted by the other kids. I picked out a new shirt for him, quizzed him on how to make friends and actually brushed his hair.
His teacher insisted that I stay with him during his first day. The first hour was swell. He immediately made friends and seemed pretty confident about the whole pre-school situation.
For the 2nd hour, the students held hands and walked over to play at a nearby park. About 20 minutes into playtime, Luke informed me that he needed to use the bathroom. His teacher told me that the closest "toilet" was behind a tree about the length of a soccer field away from where we were standing. We took off running and when we were about 10 feet away from the tree, Luke began to cry. He had gone in his pants. Wait, it gets better. It was diarrhea. Nasty, gross, makes you want to vomit in your mouth, diarrhea.
As I was walking Luke the 2 blocks back to change into the only spare pair of shorts at the pre-school, all I could think about was his reputation. "Great," I thought, "Now he's going to be known as Poopy Lukey. It's all over." Oh, and it was all over his shoes too. Bad.
I am happy to report that 3 and 4 year olds are self-centered and oblivious. None of the other kids even noticed Poopy Lukey's little mishap. It will remain our little secret. Now if he could only learn how to use scissors....