I am happy to report that the first day yesterday went well. Anna was moderately optimistic in the morning and kept reminding herself that “big David” and “big Alex” will not be there, and that she will have new friends. She was excited to see a fish tank in the classroom and gravitated to the play kitchen afterwards. Then she remembered that we are still there and came back for a hug and a kiss. When my husband came to pick her up, she was surrounded by a group of kids and busy “reading” a book to them. She said excitedly that she has new friends and that she wants to come back again. The teachers said that she was sad for a little bit in the middle, but was easily distracted and soon happy again. I felt the change by her pretend games in the afternoon. In New Jersey she kept playing a scenario where her kitty goes to school and cries for her to pick him up. Yesterday she played a scenario when kitty goes to school happily, gives her a hug and a kiss, and has fun with his friends. I only hope that this positive change will stick, and she will have an enjoyable preschool experience from this point on.