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And Off We Go

Tomorrow I'll pack my first school lunch, including a peanut butter sandwich with the crust cut off. I'll take the drive to kindergarten, and walk my little guy to his class. He will hug me goodbye and I will drive off, leaving him in the more-than-capable hands of his teachers.

And I will not cry, I will not cry.

I want to find joy in these moments, experience the excitement of new milestones and experiences, instead of being sad for what has passed.

Today we visited his classroom and met his teachers. He is so excited he can't stand it. He has been begging to be a kindergartner since he graduated from preschool last June.

Today we also visited his preschool and said hello to his old teachers. We stopped by the director's office to make sure it was OK and she said, "We love visitors! But you'll probably only be back two times. The kids very soon start to refer to this as their baby school and they will be too big to come back." I hadn't thought of that.

So, it's a milestone many mommies and daddies are experiencing this time of year, and, like them, I'm sure I will have a nervous lump in my tummy tomorrow morning.

But it's going to be OK. It's just all part of the wonderful experience called parenthood.


  1. It's ok to shed some're his mommy. This made me cry. Much love to all of you tomorrow and I can't wait to hear about his day.

  2. I was wondering if you were crying or misty-eyed just a little when you were writing this. That cutting the crust off just about did me in. Happy, happy first year of "big" school to you and you hubby and your "big" boy. *sniff*

  3. Made me want to cry. Blessings to all.

  4. i might cry. i'll be thinking of you tomorrow, friend! xoxo

  5. Aww, such a sweet post! I can imagine the bittersweetness of tomorrow. Kindergarten will be such a special year, though :)

  6. My little boy just started K this past Friday. I almost teared up that first day but kept it together. It is so fun hearing about his day each afternoon on the way home. I think I appreciate it a little more now than with my daughter (10 years ago) but I am a little older now. Enjoy these sweet days.

  7. Okay, I am teary right now. Good luck to you both - I know he's going to love it!

  8. Very sweet Wendy...those lumps in your tummy never go away - just dropped Ryan off at his bus stop for sophomore year and my lumps were heavy and just want your kid to continue to do well in his studies, fit in - not give in, and most importantly, embrace each day of his young life....we are all blessed as parents to feel these feelings, don't you think :)

  9. What a wonderful milestone for both of you! I hope that everything goes smoothly for you and that he loves his first day of kindergarten!

  10. I just dropped off my baby to her first day of 4th grade, I still feel like she should be in 1st grade. And worse, my son went to his first day of 8th grade today! It doesn't seem possible!
    Enjoy this school year....they fly by...


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