It's true that Kavi's in pre-school -- three days a week in the summer, and five days a week once school starts. But pre-school is more flexible; I often let her sleep in late and take her at 9 instead of 8. And sometimes I even pick her up early too. I can easily take her out if grandma's visiting (as she is right now), or if we just want to go to the zoo with my little girl (which we might do today).
And I admit, I'm a little anxious about putting her on the schoolbus that first time, even though the bus stop is two doors down from our house. She'll have to be waiting at the stop for pick-up at 7:26, which means head out at 7:20, breakfast at 7, getting up at 6:45 at the very latest, and oh, she is not going to like that. And then a half hour ride on the bus, which somehow only covers the eight blocks to school, but I guess stopping every block or two is slow. I'm sure she'll cope, and will probably quickly make friends and grow to like the bus ride -- I remember liking it, hanging out with my friends. She'll be home by 3:30 -- that's not so long. I have to remember to make sure that either Kev or I has a teaching schedule next fall that lets us be home by then.
Maybe kindergarten won't be so different, a year from now. But I think it will.