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|Mon, 07-14-2003 - 8:42pm|
This morning started VBS at a church down the street. We don't really have a homechurch of our own anymore since moving around with the Navy, so we didn't really know anyone there. No big deal, tho, because VBS was open to anyone.
The kids and I walked down there to sign up and start the first day. Tristan was REALLY psyched and looking forward to "activities" (which he made a point of reminding me of about every 15mins from the moment we woke up!!). Hollyann had been kinda' excited, but was now in tears as we registered, saying that all she wanted to do was go home. After some talking - and sweet, honest, brotherly compassion from Tristan - she decided that I should sit with her thru songs, then she would decide by the time she was to head off with her class. Let me tell you, by the time she was to go downstairs to her classroom, she practically pushed me out the door!! ROFL
I left around 9:30, and went back around noon to get them. Hollyann was giggling and talking with her teacher and new friends. Couldn't see Tristan at first, then one of the adults says to a little boy, "Tell Tristan - the one in the white and red shirt - that his mom is here." He pokes his head around the door frame, and tears are STREAMING down his face!!!!!!!!!! OMG - this broke my heart! He ran up to me, crying, saying "I missed you Mommy!!" over and over and over again. Ugh, I wanted to melt right then and there!! I stood there holding him for a few minutes, talking to some other people and listening to all the fun Hollyann'd had. Then finally, one of Tristan's teachers came to us, and then the program "director", and both of them said that this hadn't started until it was all over and done with and he was waiting for me. The director even said that he was one of 4 boys that volunteered at the end to come up front and help lead one of the songs they were doing!! (which really surprised her, because last year, NO boys ever did anything like that!!) During all this, he is telling me "I do NOT want to come back tomorrow!!" and still whimpimering.
Once we got home (to which he clung to me the entire walk home - either his arm around me or clenching my hand!), he started talking about stuff he had done, but still wouldn't go near the idea of going back tomorrow. Around 4pm, once he started talking to Daddy about it, he was s-l-o-w-l-y coming around to the idea. By the time he fell asleep - 7pm, in Daddy's chair, while watching 'Charmed' with us - he had decided that he would go back tomorrow if I was able to come around 11:30 and watch the video and do closing songs with them. That is NOT a problem for me!!
Something we DID find out, tho, throughout the span of the day --- his fears about me coming back were seemingly brought on by a couple kids at the church. See, some of the kids at VBS are actually staying at the church campgrounds right behind the church. They told him that they were staying there all night, and were confused and therefor trying to convince TRISTAN that he was, as well. He takes the word of others as solid, so he just meltdown into tears right there! (and with all that confusion and chaos of the first day, can't say I blame him!!) I did, however, manage to make sure that the director knows about Tristan and his dx - and she totally understood and was wonderful with it. (it is also listed on his registration form)
I will be sure to let you know how he does the rest of the week - but at least for today,I was very proud of both of them - Hollyann for getting over her fears, and Tristan for handling the whole day so well and only getting freaked out at the VERY end!!
Just had to share all that!!