When I checked in at the office, I was a few minutes early, so I sat down in the waiting area. Ms. P, the principal, came by and spoke to me and asked if Alise was sick (Ha, ha!). In the waiting area, there are some glass doors and the secretary has to buzz you through for security reasons. From where I was sitting, I saw Alise and her class coming down the hall through the glass doors. She is the line leader for the week so she was the first one. At first, she didn’t see me. I heard her say to Ms. K, “My Mommie---“
And then I heard, “MOMMIE!!!” when she saw me. She was jumping up and down with excitement!
We went into the cafeteria and saw Allie and Emma. They both waved at me and then some other little friends of Alise’s came up to chat. They seemed to be mesmerized by the buttons on my jacket and my elephant pin. Alise had pizza – with a twist is what I call it – she and the other kids seemed to like it. She had a hard time sitting still because she was so happy to see me. I got some pictures of her, Ms. K, and some of her friends.
I had been telling Alise all week that she had to be a big girl today when I left because she had to go back to school and I had to go back to work. When lunch was over, she walked off with her class and said, “Bye, Mommie!” But before I could make it out of the cafeteria, she came running up to me with tears in her eyes. It just broke my heart and I hated to leave her, but I promised her an icee after school if she would be a big girl. Then I heard Ms. K say, “Com’on, Alise. I need my line leader. Where is my line leader?” She went running up to the front of the line and I snuck out of the cafeteria.