Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth. ~Psalm 127:3-4
The above photo of our grandchildren, Virginia, Savannah and Alexandra, right before the first day of school, which happened the day after Labor Day. But school, as it turns out, is a far cry from being back to normal.
The girls only attend in-person classes on Monday and Tuesday; my daughter, Sarah, has to help them with their lessons Wednesday through Friday. There is no timetable in place at this juncture as to when students can return to a full week of in-school classes. And when the grands to go to school, masks are required at all times.
I feel so sorry for all of them, even though they still look cute in their masks, but most of all, my heart breaks for Alexandra. This is her kindergarten debut, and since she's never attended preschool, it is also her first introduction to a classroom setting. As no parents are allowed into the building, she is escorted by a masked stranger to her classroom. How nervous she must have felt! To top it off, she can't see the full faces of her teacher or fellow students as they vanish beneath cloth coverings. How disconcerting not to be able to see friendly smiles at a time when she needs it the most!
And I'm not far off the mark as to how disturbing this is for Alexandra. The next Monday when she is to attend in-person school, the poor girl has a meltdown. It's all her parents can do to convince her that everything will be alright, and to give it another go. Such a difficult concept for a five-year-old, who is probably feeling alone and lonely in this new and scary environment. I mean, when you are discouraged, and even forbidden, to touch other children, how can one make friends?
I hope and pray that Alexandra will be able to adapt sooner than later, and that she will one day be able to look back at her kindergarten year fondly, not fearfully. At least when they are learning at home, Alexandra and her sisters can all enjoy the company of a loyal and loving "school" chum, who is always there for them.
Thank you, Henry!!!
Do you have any stories about your children or grandchildren returning to school this year? Pleas share in the comment section!