Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Getting Older and Riding the Bus

This past fall one of NHV's good buddies started going to preschool two days a week.  Often times - on the days he was at preschool - Natalie would ask to play with O.  I'd have to explain to her that O was at school, so he couldn't play today.  Inevitably, that explanation would prompt Natalie to inquire about this whole "school" thing. 

She'd say, "Owen go to cooool to-day? I go to cool, too?  I wide de bus to cool?"

And I'd always reply, "When you get a little bit older, you'll go to preschool.  And mommy will drive you; you won't ride the bus."

"Na-nee wanna wide de cool bus."

It cracks me up that her understanding of school is closely related to her desire to ride the school BUS.

Well, yesterday morning we attended our first preschool open house (yikes! I am so not ready for this!).  After breakfast I told Natalie about our big plans for the day, and she was beyond excited ... like to the point that waiting 8 months to actually start going to preschool is likely to cause her serious mental and emotional anguish ... and to drive me crazy! 

As I was rushing around to get us ready, Natalie had a ton of questions ... or rather the same few questions ... asked over and over and over again. 

Top on her list, "I older now?  I go to precool yike O-wen?"

And then, "We wide de bus to cool dis mow-ning?"

Again this morning, NHV expected to go back to preschool.  We aren't even registered yet.  Heck, I haven't even decide which school she'll attend.

"Mommy, I go to cool dis mow-ning?"

"No, baby, not today."

"I not older anee-more?"

Oh, the adorable confusion!


Danielle said...

That is so sweet. Wish I could be this excited about school. :)


Evonne said...

That is so cute!

My youngest will go to kindergarten in the fall. I am anything but ready! Of course, he's excited!

Margaret said...

That is super cute!

Janelle said...

Brody wants to ride the bus too! The only time we talk about it is when we see our neighbor walking to the bus. But we don't talk about it all that often. It's amazing what they remember and what sticks with them.

mrs.alderman said...

Aww...cute!! Yeah, O rides the COOL school bus!! :) Good luck with your decision...just go with the one that feels right :)

Epiphius said...

I didn't even realize there was school bus for preschool! Goodness gracious! We were looking at preschools but now are second guessing if we even want to send L next year.

BJ_Mama said...

I'm glad we made the choice to start Sam when she was 4....now I don't have to think about that for a year :)

Chi-town momma said...

We need to chat about this whole preschool thing - I am just not sure what to do!

Emmett Joseph said...

I'm glad you will be test-riding the preschool thing a year ahead of me :) I just love the way Natalie talks--she is such a smart little thang, isn't she?

Jessica said...

The conversations just get funnier and funnier as she gets older!

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