Wednesday, August 13, 2008

And so begins...

a new chapter in my life. It has been 5 years that I have loved, molded and taught my sweet girl, and now she takes her first step into a new world...Kindergarten...and school for the next 16+ years of her life. I'll continue to do all those things that I have been doing, but now I have less time to do it in. And the influence of Mom and Dad will be even more mingled with those around her daily...teacher, friends, classmates. Lord, please let her find good friends whose influence will be positive!

I've been teary off and on for the last few days..listening to Steven Curtis Chapman's Cinderella on the drive to school really didn't help . We arrived at the school, and I barely noticed the rest of the brave parents...too focused on my sweet girl. They did have a BooHoo club...complete with tissues, a polaroid of me and the kids that says "I survived the first day of school. August 13, 2008" and a voucher for a coffee (but they didn't tell us which coffee shop, so I haven't had mine yet).

Alex took good care of me...but pointed out that "when I go to Kindergarten, Dad will have to stay with of you." :) Well, buddy, I doubt he'll be taking time off for that, but thanks for being concerned. I cannot think about 2 years from now when I drop him off. Just gotta make it through today. He was pretty broken up that we didn't get to go see her classroom...threw a nice crying fit outside, and refused to get in the car, but only because he wanted to watch the kids play tetherball. We'll definitely have to check out the school playground someday soon.

Alex and I ended up playing at a nearby park, getting some slushes at Sonic, and now I'm here blogging as he catches some zzzzs. I haven't had quiet like this in ages. Too bad I have no motivation to clean or organize or anything like that. So, what is it like to just have one kiddo at home again? I'm not sure yet. I do know I'm going to get to know this little boy in a new way.

I want so much for Trina to remember the details of her day, but so far she doesn't seem to be in to reciting every moment...I still don't really know what she did in the testing yesterday. That is something we need to change. I need to hear from my girl. I need to hear all about it.

Dad kindly called after he picked Trina up, so I wouldn't worry about her. She said her favorite part of her day was seeing Daddy and running to him after school...but she did say it was fun.

I can't believe it! I'm now a mom of an elementary school kid.

My days as a mom of preschoolers are fading. Here it is!

Trina's first day of school!


At 6:31 PM, Blogger DenverSop said...

Wow - I never really considered what a dramatic transition this is for you, but WOW it really really is a change and a huge leap of faith. Will be a big change for Alex, too, huh? You two will get each other through it, though. :-)

At 3:26 PM, Blogger tapango1 said...

i'd like to say it gets easier but.......i still have some sort of anxiety everyday even though shes in the 2nd grade this year....i did find i was much clamer on the first day and we didn't arrive as early as the two prior years.......and Abby was definatly more confident on her 3rd year return....i have learned to try to back off for the first hour shes home as she needs to unwind from the long day....and then she usually shares much more freely then if i start drilling her at the bus stop.....but it is hard i know........

At 2:30 PM, Blogger Phyllisa said...

I was surprised to find out how much harder it was for me to take Daniel to school than Nathan. I was able *barely* to hold back the tears with Nathan, but with Daniel it was nothing doing. I can't imagine how AJ and I are going to deal with Hannah going. Another 5 short years and they'll all be gone. I feel your pain!

At 11:20 PM, Blogger Sherrie said...

no matter the age, whenever they leave the heartstring tugs remain ... it's a blessing of mommyhood i'm sure :)

At 11:23 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

The sci-fi blog is staying where it is, but I might not update it as much because I kind of just want to have one blog where I talk about everything I like - including the sci-fi stuff.


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