The First Day of Kindergarten
to Girlie Girl, age 5
on her first day of Kindergarten
Anxiety. That’s the word that described how I was feeling this morning.
For the last 2 weeks, I’ve been preparing you for your big adventure – the first day of Kindergarten. We talked about the teachers, friends, and first crush you left behind in preschool. We talked about the big school you’ll be attending, the uniforms they wear, and the new friends you’ll make. We talked about the daily homework you’ll bring home that Mommy hopes she remembers how to do. We talked about growing up.
And grown up you sure are. I still remember those toddler years when you suffered from severe separation anxiety. You were constantly glued to my right leg and would throw a fit every time I went to the restroom. We couldn’t even leave you at Grandma’s house! Even though Grandma sometimes has a hard time hearing, you gave her a headache from your constant crying. This led me to decide to go back to work only part-time, a decision I’ve never regretted. It allowed me to experience every step of your childhood which I enjoyed (almost) every minute of.
Today you’re 5 years old and experiencing your very first day of Kindergarten. Where did all the time go? You decided you wanted to walk to school and along the way we talked about all the great things you’ll learn. When we got there, you sat quietly in line outside your classroom door and waited for the bell to ring. And when the teacher arrived, you gave me a kiss and walked into the room, never looking back. Thank goodness because you would have seen me crying tears of pride, happiness, and relief. Relief because you chose to be a big girl and made things a little eaiser for me.
On the walk home, as Baby Bug spoke in a language that only she understands, I realized that I’m going to have to go through this again in about 4 years. I think that should be just enough time to prepare myself again. But then again, are you ever really prepared for your children to grow up?
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Have your kids started school yet?
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Owner and founder of An Island Life. Sharing my life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii.