Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2012 in MamieThe Presbyterian Church of Colombia has been around for 156 years now, and its commitment to education has existed since its inception. They are very proud of their schools, named American Schools (Colegio Americanos), and their motto is "Once a part of the Colegio Americano, always a part of the Colegio Americano." And now...we are part of that history. Yes, Peanut went to her first class today. Gah. Incredible. She is starting a little early (usually they take kids at two years, and her birthday isn't until September), but she is not wildly far off and the folks at the Americano were very welcoming. To be honest, I didn't know how it would go. Peanut is pretty independent, but in new situations with new people she is more of an observer and can get overwhelmed quickly - especially if folks want to hug and touch her, as they almost always want to do. Apart from seeming like a "muñeca" to many, the culture here is one of much greater touching and greeting than Peanut is up for occasionally, so I am always trying to walk the line between defending my kid's boundaries and stretching them. Anyway, I was prepared to go in, sit with her and see the classroom, and potentially leave after 30 minutes or an hour. We would meet the teachers, she would get some of her famed observing in, and we would try again for a little longer on Monday (July 20th is a holiday - Happy Independence Day Colombia!). As a result, I took nothing to entertain myself as I waited in the office for 3 solid hours. That's right sisters and brothers, my kid was SUPER fine with this whole "Yeah, I go to school" thing. We did have a lot of things in our favor to help her enter well, but I was still amazed that as I gave her a kiss and said, "I'll be back" that she just kind of looked at me like, "Cool. See you." I didn't tear up then, it was more like relief really, but later when a teacher in a nearby classroom called me to come see the video she had taken of the Nutter while she was painting with her classmates, I swear I choked. It was all good, just kind of overwhelming. So now we have to buy the uniform, we figure out what packing snacks looks like, and we start on the next adventure. Now, if you'll pardon me, I need to go look at some homework.