D: Are you guys excited?
D: What are you excited about?
F: Because we are going to see Papa at home?
D: Um, no, guys, today was your last day of pre-school. Tomorrow you start at Almond School.
C: We had cupcakes today.
D: I know. Papa brought them for you.
F: And everybody had…er, uh, eh, two cupcakes, one for Fisher and one for Cory.
D: They did? I bet the other kids’ parents’ love us tonight. (Pause.) But, are you excited to start kindergarten?
C: The sunflowers for Miss Michelle were pretty.
D: I know. Papa made those bouquets for you to give to your teachers.
F: That was so nice of us, right, Daddy?
D: Right. (Pause.) And tomorrow you get to start kindergarten. That’s so exciting.
C: Daddy, can I have the lollipop when I get home?
D (exasperated): I don’t know about that, Cory. That’s a lot a bit of sugar after a cupcake day. But, I want to know if you are looking forward to going to Almond School tomorrow…?
F: Yes, Daddy.
C: Yes. (Pause.) That means that we get to play on the playground at Almond School, right? I like to play on that playground.
The morning will tell whether all this toddler nonchalance persists through a drop-off surrounded by 20 times as many kids and 40 times the chaos, for a day that involves more than simply playing on the playground of what will now be their school for the next eight-ish years…