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Encouraging signs so far at Austin

So far, so good.
Aside from one stomach bug, Emma did miraculously well during her first full week of school.
On Day One, Kellie, Emma, her little sister, Addie, and I walked into Austin Elementary along with dozens of other families looking to drop our kids off. Everyone was excited. The school was spotless and the teachers had the excitement of a new year in their eyes.
By that afternoon, Emma came home, ready to talk about the day’s activities with Mom. After that, she and Addie played school until it was time for Daddy to come home. Kellie said she overheard Emma take the role as teacher, clearly showing she is absorbing the day’s activities far better than I did without whatever attention disorder that struck me at that age. But by the time I arrived at our humble abode at the Quality Inn, Emma wanted no more school talk. Reluctantly, I gave in.
By the next day, Emma woke up bright and early for the new day. This time during drop-off, we walked into school together, leaving Mom and Addie in the car. Clearly few other parents took the same interest in Day 2 as most just dropped their children off.
By Day 3. it was a little harder to wake Emma up and the home school routine had already gotten old. That was until we arrived at school and Emma jumped at the chance to walk herself in. This was an anxious moment for me. Emma is too young to go in all by herself, right? Then I remembered Emma’s ability to remember exactly where everything is. In fact, she can probably drive back to our home in Hattiesburg, Miss., without a map. My big girl jumped out of the vehicle when we got closer to the front door and ran into school. The excitement was back.
Until the next day. Emma pulled the whole, “My stomach hurts” routine.
Clearly this was an attempt to stay out of school. Knowing Emma, she knew she was the first kid in the history of school to figure out a way to stay out. Faking ill is the way to go.
Not buying it, we all got ready for school. Emma continues to complain, which wears me down. So Emma stayed home. Within a few minutes, she threw up. The good news is school is still exciting. The bad news is all the germs the kids pass to and from each other each day. But, again the excitement is still there.
Until the next day. Emma was like a rock. Mom got her out of bed after asking five times. Emma got up, with Mom’s help. And walks around the bed and gets right back in. She laughed a little, but was totally serious.
Playing the bad cop, it was my turn to raise my voice telling Emma, “Get up now. We have to go!”
Emma got up, got dressed and headed off to school. Still, I firmly believe the excitement is still there.
Mrs. Clark did a great job keeping the mysteries of school out there. Emma does want to go back next week. The excitement is still there. Until tomorrow morning at least.
Tre Bischof is publisher of the Ennis Daily News. He can be reached by sending e-mail to tre@ennisdailynews.com.

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