Jack’s Kindergarten teacher has a “special week” for each child in her room and I am not surprised that Jack is already the teacher’s pet and got picked for the first week’s celebration. 🙂 That kid is a charmer and everyone loves him. Sarah invited us to come to his classroom event and then to stay for his birthday party at the house. We had to wear masks at school and our temps were taken at the door. That made me feel semi confident, though I am not really sure what good temperature checks do. Then we walked into Jack’s classroom where the teacher was wearing a shield and one little child in the back had on a mask, but no one else. I could have sworn Sarah told me that masks were required at school! Jack was given a big seat of honor up front and Beck, Sarah, Miles, Rich and I joined alongside. The teacher was super sweet and told us all the things she loves about Jack, especially that he is a great hugger and will get up out of his seat sometimes just to come and give her a hug. She pointed out a poster behind us that Sarah had helped him make, showing his family and all of the things he likes. The teacher said one day that week, Jack got to ask all of his friends in the room to tell what they liked about him and the teacher wrote it up. Someone even mentioned that he was charming. LOL Funny that a Kindergartner could come up with that word.
Then each of us had to tell something cute or funny about Jack, starting with Beck, who told about Jack falling down the stairs and needing stitches when he was younger. Beck told the story really well and gave just the right couple of beats before adding, “AND he accused me of pushing him!” Everyone cracked up and it was pretty cute. Sarah and Miles told sweet stories about him and then Jack skipped over me and went to Grandpa. LOL Rich told the story about how Jack would always pretend that he “didn’t really come” to our house while he hid by the door as his mom “explained” why he wasn’t there. This would go on for a minute or two with us asking why he hadn’t come and Sarah making up outlandish reasons. Eventually Jack would always jump out, laughing, and honestly seemed to believe every single time that he had fooled us again. I told about Jack loving to go to the thrift store with me and look for treasures. Then the teacher said a prayer for us and the whole class sang a song for Jack. We had our masks on but all I could think was all those kids were expelling all of their aerosols toward the old grandparents up front. LOL
We then went to Sarah and Miles’ for Jack’s birthday party. They had rented a huge water slide for the kids to play on, which was a big hit! The kids swam and played on the trampoline and a swing, hit a piñata, and ran around the yard. Rich commented that it was the perfect venue for a kids’ party. Some of the parents stayed and Sarah was glad to meet new friends, though Rich and I stayed away from all of the people not masked nor distancing. I think they just don’t feel too concerned in their small town but I have fears it will come back to haunt them eventually. Hopefully not. 🙂
All in all, a very sweet and happy day for our little guy.