This week we are busy getting ready for school. The day before school there is always an "open house". Because Nolan is going into kindergarten, this is a big deal. We take all of his supplies to school, we get to meet his teacher, mingle with a few other kindergartners, and pick out his cubby. Everyone is on their best behavior and wants to look their best!
Well I was running late, as usual, so I grabbed Nolan's shoes and handed them to him, I thought he put them in the car. Well, he didn't. We head to his school which is a good 20 min's away. Once we get there, I notice that Nolan has not put his shoes on his feet. I am getting panicky. Okay, I tell myself , calm down, I will just put the shoes on his feet myself, except there are no shoes, Nolan forgot them.
Now I am not sure what to do, because we have to drop the supplies off, he has to pick out his cubby and meet friends/teacher and we do not live close enough to go back home, so I make an executive decision. We are going to have to go to "open house" shoeless! I tell this to him, and he looks at me like, your crazy. He is reluctant because everyone knows you can't go to school without shoes! But in true Nolan fashion, he shrugs his shoulder , and starts heading towards the school. I should let you know he has no socks either, so his feet are now black!
We walk down the path to his class room. At this time all the other kids are running around,with shoes, towards their room. I notice other mother's walking by us, looking down at his dirty black shoeless feet.
When we get to his class, his teacher immediately realizes he has no shoes on. I begin to quietly apologize and explain how Nolan forgot his shoes. She listens intently, smiling the whole time, looking at Nolan, then she got down to his level, lifted his head to look him in the eyes , and she said the best thing anyone could have ever thought to say to a nervous, embarassed, five year old about ready to step into his new kindergarten class,
" I love your invisible shoes Nolan!" He looked up, smiled at his new teacher and ran off to meet his new friends, telling them all about his new invisible shoes! All the kids starting taking their shoes off, because they wanted invisible shoes too! I knew right then ,that my son was going to have the best kindergarten year ever.