And then he had to clown in front of the camera as his brother was getting his picture taken.
Because I had to watch Cooper in the van, Colin’s mother took him into the same classroom where I had kindergarten so many years ago. He found his seat where he put his items the night before and waited for class to begin. According to my wife Allison, he asked her, “Where is my other friend?” A boy at his table had not arrived yet.
As I waited for the end of Friday, I probably felt like many parents — hoping their child would have a good first day and behave in the classroom. Most of my day was tearful as I thought about how my little boy had grown up. It’s hard to even type that last sentence without tears.
I’m happy to report that Colin did well on his first day at “the big school.” He will have good days and bad for the next seven years, but I’m happy to have this milestone on Friday.
I hope Colin will read this someday and know how proud I am of him. Cooper too, but his day will come in a couple years. More tears.
Nate Smith is a writer for the Times Herald and can be reached via email at email@example.com or on Twitter at NateSmithWTH. He also has a Facebook page at facebook.com/natesmithwth