Friday, September 18, 2009

The Force

The pull away is almost as strong as the pull toward.

We walked to school this morning, the end of Ben’s second week as a kindergartner. At the top of the hill, he met up with a neighbor and friend, and said he wanted to walk in alone. I fell back a bit.

Ben spun around. “No, Mom, I can walk alone. I want to walk alone.”

“OK,” said I, “I’ll just walk behind to make sure you get to your room.”

“You do NOT need to make sure I get to my room. I know where my room is.”

“OK, I know you do. Do I get a little hug?”

A serious eye roll with hand on hip followed. Then he ran back to me and gave me a huge hug.

“Maybe you could walk with me and say hello to my teacher?” he asked.

Of course I obliged.


Shelly said...

Your post made me smile. I had nearly the same experience with my new kindergartner this week. I hope Ben is enjoying school, and you are enjoying all of his new "firsts".

Jayne said...

:c) Oh, the age old struggle. So glad to see him being so very fiercely independent mom. What a brave, brave boy, and mom.

Lawfrog said...

Awww, that is too sweet. They want to be on their own, but cutting the cord entirely is also scary so they try and compromise a bit. Love it!