Thinking back to that first day of kindergarten

By | October 4, 2018 8:31 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

Before she went back to North Carolina…before she spent a couple of weeks with Nahnee and Papa in Bristol…before she spent a week in Raleigh…before she spent her 5th birthday evacuating from Wilmington with Mom, running from the “bad storm,” Katie Grace experienced the excitement of her first day as a kindergartner.

But before we talk about that, allow me to clarify to which first day of kindergarten I am referring. On Monday, hopefully, she will have her first day back in kindergarten at First Presbyterian Church of Wilmington. A couple of weeks ago she had her first day of kindergarten at Fairmount Elementary School, across the street from Nahnee’s and Papa’s house, in Bristol. Way back when, when Florence was hundreds of miles away from coastal Carolina and was not sure what kind of storm she was going to be, that’s when I’m talking about her first day of kindergarten. I’m talking about her FIRST, first day of kindergarten.

So, now that we have shed lots of light on that subject – to the point of utter confusion, perhaps – allow me to tell y’all about her first day of kindergarten, in Wilmington, the day after Labor Day. She had come home telling her mom that she liked this kindergarten thing – a LOT!

But the really memorable occurrence of that first day was the way she completed a simple assignment. The project was, indeed, a very common one for the first day at school. K.G. was tasked with drawing something fun she did this summer.

Weather permitting, K.G. goes to the beach nearly every day. Dollywood, in Tennessee, and theme parks, in Florida, including Busch Gardens, were also among stimulating destinations for her this past summer. So guess what her picture was?

There was a heart, colored pink and yellow, which filled much of the upper left portion of the paper. Under and around the heart were several stick figures of various heights and descriptions – seven of them, to be precise. It is a picture of her plus her parents and grandparents under the giant heart, and she said that “loving on” us was the most fun she had all summer – more fun than the beach or playgrounds or theme parks. WOW!

She is so precious. Stinking cute is what she is!

Not yet 5 years old at the time, she really “gets it.” That is what life is really all about, isn’t it? Love! Family! Being together!

Jesus said, “Let the little ones come to me…for the little ones make up heaven.”

He commanded us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves; love our enemies; love God; and love each other, as He loves us. And just how much does He love us? He loves us enough that He laid down His life for us!

“Out of the mouths of babes…” and also from the coloring crayon drawings of stick figures on the first day of kindergarten.

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