Today was day 1 of Vacation Bible School for Fritter. He was super excited to go. I was more than a little nervous. Would he be good? Would he have fun? Would he make friends? Most of all, would he learn something valuable about his faith?
After walking him to the church (it's two blocks from our house), and watching him sit and strike up a conversation about names with a little boy in his class, I felt better. Knowing he had two friends we already knew in there helped too. But Ladybug did not care that Fritter was going to learn about Jesus, or that he was going to have fun, or that we would have fun at home just us girls. She only knew that her big brother, her self proclaimed "bes fwend", was not coming home with us. She cried tears that reason alone would not stop.
Once at home though, she did better. But, in between the finger painting, and playing in Fritter's room, and snacking without sharing, she still asked for him. It was weird for me too. As I was pushing the stroller out of the church building I realized I didn't have my big boy to hold the door for me. The house was quieter, I got some stuff done, and the two little girls got more of my attention. But I missed my boy. I'm glad VBS is only one week.
Fritter, on the other hand, didn't seem to care much at all that he wasn't with us. He told me all about how he made a key chain of himself, and how he learned that God made all the land, and he's been walking around singing the theme song of Bible School since he got home. The most upset he got was when he found out the sugar cookies I made this morning were all taken to VBS with him, and he didn't get a single one.
We are planning on signing him up for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd this fall at this particular parish, and I was hoping to see how he did with VBS to gauge how he'd do. After today, I think he is going to do just fine.
I think I'll be getting caught up on some housework this week, and Ladybug will get a little more freedom in her play. But, I think for us at home, we'll be glad when this week is over so Fritter stays home and plays with us. ;-)