Well, it's done. The crayons, glue sticks, and colored pencils have been purchased. The gym shoes (yes, gym shoes for Kindergartners) have been labeled on each tongue with my son's name. The new school clothes have been laid out and the backpack is packed and sitting by the front door. Tomorrow is the first day of Kindergarten. He is ecstatic. Me...not so much.
My husband and I have always been of the opinion that it's good for Christian kids to go to public school. School is where they learn to socialize and become adept at interacting with others. It's where, for Christian kids, they learn to evangelize, to share Christ with their friends and be a witness in their little world. School is where they learn to make decisions and judgement calls on what is right and what is wrong and begin to have their own convictions on how to act. It is a natural preparation for the life they will have to live later on. It has always sounded perfectly reasonable to me.
That's the opinion we've always had...that is, until recently. Suddenly, I am becoming a huge home school proponent. I pass by 2 different elementary schools on my way to work each morning. Day after day I drive by at exactly 20 miles per hour (of course). At 20 mph, you can see a lot happen and it didn't take me long to come to the decision that I would never send my son to school. Ever. Ever.
But, here we are... Kindergarten Eve. The house is quiet. He is in bed and tomorrow morning I will drive him to school and see if I can put my own convictions into practice to help him develop his. It seems much easier when you are theorizing and using other people's kids as your experiment. It's quite different to send your own out.
A couple weeks ago we were driving home and he had been pretty quiet in the backseat. Finally, he piped up and said, "Mommy, I'm sad because I never get to tell people about Jesus."
"You can tell anyone about Jesus." I told him.
"Yeah, I know, but all my friends already know about him. I need to tell someone else."
I think he's going to do just fine in school.