Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Kayley's First Day of Kindergarten

It was here. That dreaded day. The day that Kayley had hoped would never come. Her first day of kindergarten.

The noisy alarm clock went off and Kayley buried her head deeper under her soft pink covers. Mommy came cheerfully into the room and threw open the shades. "Rise and shine!" she said with a smile throwing off Kayley's covers. "It's your first day of school!"

Mommy sure sounded more excited than Kayley felt. She sat up and frowned at her mother. "Are you happy to be getting rid of me?" she asked. "Aren't you going to miss me? I am going to miss you."

Mommy gave Kayley a great big kiss and hug. "Of course, I am going to miss you, but you'll be busy having fun and learning. The school day will go so fast before you know it you'll be home. You won't have time to miss me. "

Kayley didn't think so. Unhappily, she dragged herself out of bed. Slowly, she put on her new pink and purple striped shirt and her new purple pants and her new brown shoes that buckled on the sides. She went down the stairs as slow as a turtle and sat down at the kitchen table. She barely tasted the delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs and toast that her mother had made her. Normally, that was Kayley's favorite. Today, however, she was so nervous that her stomach felt heavy like she'd swallowed a giant rock. She just couldn't eat anything. She just kept pushing the food around on her plate and looking at the clock. She hoped that time would pass slowly or that it would just freeze altogether, and she wouldn't have to go at all.

 Before, Kayley knew it, it was time to go. "Come on, Kayley." called Mommy excitedly hurrying her into her jacket and out the door. Kayley was glad they lived so close to the school and Mommy would be walking her to school. She was happy to be with Mommy for just a little longer.

Kayley tried  to walk slowly again, but her mother pulled her along quickly. Soon, they arrived at the big red brick school house. Kayley blinked and held tightly to her mother's hand. The school looked even bigger than she remembered it.

Suddenly, she stopped walking and looked around. She was trying to think of how she could get out of going to school. She didn't see a way that she could escape, but she did see another little girl. The girl wore her hair in two big brown ponytails and  had on a blue jacket and pink sneakers. The other little girl smiled at her. "Hi. I'm Emma," said the other little girl. "This is my first day of school. I am in Miss Smith's class, and I am a little bit scared. I am looking for a friend. Are you in Miss Smith's class? Will you be my friend?"

Kayley smiled back. She knew just how Emma felt. "My name is Kayley, and I am in Miss Smith's class too," she replied, "and I'd like to be your friend." She took Emma's hand and they walked in to the building together. Maybe, this school thing wasn't going to be so bad after all.

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