Natalie will attend kindergarten in September. She's had her backpack stocked and ready to go since last October. She knows which dress she will wear. She has decided that she'll ride the bus with Connor, share a seat with him, and will sit nearest the window.
Natalie has a little more maturing to do before she is truly kindergarten ready, from taming her temper to using the bathroom when she needs to, not when she desperately needs to. Jim and I reminded her of this all at dinner one night, ending with, " . . . and you do want to go to kindergarten in the fall, right?"
Natalie looked at Jim so earnestly, those big blue eyes bright and wide, and said, "Oh, I want to go so hardly."