No, they don’t have creepy thin mustaches like Wayne Newton (although it would be really cool if they did).
But every year I get the same feeling from the brand new crop of 5 year olds.
They are so excited.
Their parents are thrilled to finally have them in school (no more paying for babysitting!!!). Those aren’t tears of sadness from mom and day, they are tears of joy.
These kids love to color.
And they love to look at picture books about dogs and cats (why are they always dogs and cats???).
And evidently go to the bathroom, because it seems that’s where they’re always headed (if I had a dollar for every kid who forgot to zip his pants…).
It’s a commonly known school administrator practice to go down to the kindergarten room anytime you’re having a bad day.
They cheer you up. And if they can’t, who can?
Their smiles and laughter.
Their happiness and joy.
When I see these kids learning to read or shoving Play-Doh up their noses, I always wonder who in this esteemed group will be valedictorian or prom queen.
One of these youngsters will no doubt be the starting quarterback. Several will earn college scholarships.
There might even be a doctor or lawyer in the group.
But with good always comes bad.
I’ve done this long enough to know for every success there is going to be struggle.
Which makes me think. Who in this group will have difficult challenges as they work their way through life?
There will be learning disabilities. Divorced parents. Financial difficulties.
The truth is some will face challenges I don’t even want to think about.
On the surface, everything is wonderful. But just underneath things aren’t quite so perfect.
In the course of writing(?) this blog, I depressed myself. First thing in the morning, I’m going to visit the kindergarten kids. They always make me happy.