Yesterday I asked: “When can I step back from my “work of art” and say “aaah, I’m on the right track?”. Well, today was the day!
I was so close to happy tears because I saw P being everything I’ve been imagining and more. Today really made it clear that all the work I’ve been doing to establish a good environment for her is paying off.
The hubby, P and I went on a tour of St. Mel’s Preschool. I did the tour last year with my mom when P was 10 months old. In certain parts of LA, you have to start looking into pre-schools when you’re pregnant. The waiting lists are incredibly long for the good schools. I wasn’t sure what the Valley was like so to be safe I started looking into it last year. I fell in love with St. Mel’s. This year I wanted the hubby to see the school himself and I wanted a second look just to make sure it was all I’ve been imagining.
The school and it’s director are an extension of the ideas I try to put in place here at home. St. Mel’s is a developmental school which is what I want. The facility itself is clean, beautiful, enchanting, and educational. Right now I feel blessed to have found this school which seems to be a great fit for our family.
Last year as P sat in her stroller through the tour I thought of what kind of child I would like her to be. I had visions of who she would become and what she would be like when she attended. This year, P was walking and actively playing in every room we visited. I can’t even put into words why I was so proud of how she played. Something about it made me feel like she was incorporating into the world really really well.
When we made it to the outside yard I lost track of P. Hubby pointed to a climbing structure surrounded by about 10 kids. I freaked out! I thought something was wrong. The teacher told me the kids were enchanted with her. They told her they had found a baby. She thought they meant a baby bug but it was a real “baby”. The rest of the time I saw P followed by a group of kids. She found that by playing “baby”, ie, crawling the kids all followed her even more. It was amazing to watch her charm her crowd! At 22 months! Hubby and I couldn’t stop laughing. Then we both looked at each other and realized we just might be in over our heads with this one.