I came downstairs this afternoon and found Wes sobbing in a heap on the floor. Naturally, I assumed that Charlie had done something to hurt him, so I asked him what happened. Charlie explained "He wants to go to kindergarten with me."
I scooped Wes up and tried to reassure him. "You'll go to preschool and be the big boy! And then you will go to kindergarten in two years!"
He sobbed into my chest "But I'll be LONELY here!"
It took a long time to cheer him up, but when he did I said "You will be my big helper when Charlie is at school. You'll be the man of the house!"
He smiled and said "It's good to be a MAN!"
When they'd known each other a week...
And three and a half years...
It's going to be a hard day for the whole family. I'm glad they didn't open that Swiss Boarding Elementary School I dreamed of several years ago when I had a two year old and an infant.