Monday, August 22, 2011
My First Day of "Freedom"
Ella was a suprise blessing for us. She came just at the point when her older sisters were just starting to become independent, and give old mom a break. I had to start the midnight feedings, the diapers, and the constant attention all over again. Needless to say, it was a busy, yet fulfilling time. I could see a day in the distant future when all my children would go to school during the day, and my house would be quiet again.
Today, it happened. The girls all got up at an early hour for school (actually they shot out of bed, eagerly anticipating the time to go), and we started the process of getting them ready. Kayleigh, who considers herself a pro at this by now can do everything herself and just needed some advice on how to fix her hair, accesorize, etc. She was anxious to get back and see all of her friends that she had missed over the summer, and get to the library to pick out some new books.
Taylor, was excited to pick out an outfit, with multiple accessories, fix her hair, show off her cute shoes to her friends, and see her teacher. She was eager to see her friends, too, of course and ready to play with them at recess.
Ella was excited about EVERYTHING. She couldn't wait to meet new people, carry a backpack, have a locker, carry her own tray at lunch, and play games at recess. She has been watching her sisters talk, complain, and explain everything about school for years, often feeling left out because being home with Mom leaves little room to be cool, I guess. Earlier this summer she and I were discussing the prospect of her leaving and I teasingly asked her to skip kindergarten and just stay home. She loves to make everyone happy, so she agreed. Last night, as I was tucking her into bed, I reminded her of her promise and asked her what she thought. She smiled at me, looked into my eyes and said "Mommy, you will be okay without me, won't you?" I told her "yes, of course", but as I dropped her off this morning, and returned to my silent house, I thought of all the time I spent thinking and anticipating this day, and realized that maybe I would, but it will be a lot harder than I thought...
Cherish every moment. Even the difficult ones.
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