I’m sure you all have had your Facebook feed overloaded with littles all dressed up in their cute back to school outfits – with or without a sign exclaiming it was the first day of school, right? I like to see these pictures, and for the third year, E took one herself.
This year, however, was a bit different. Not only did we move five states away and attending a new school full of new people, but she was going to a “big girl” school – Kindergarten! I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous – but you might be surprised as to why.
A week before school, the PTA hosted a playdate for all incoming kindergarteners. As E was running around, I started talking to another Mom. A few minutes in, she said “Isn’t it crazy they are going to Kindergarten? I’m not ready for her to grow up – she still needs me!”. I was a little taken back. Sure, the thought of my girls growing older hurts a bit, but it doesn’t make me sad!
I am excited for her. She is making new friends, learning new things, growing independent. She is learning invaluable social skills – all things I could never teach her at home on my own. She comes home excited about her day; filled with computer time, coloring, spelling, and of course, recess.
So, while I witnessed a lot of moms crying while leaving the school Monday, I on the other hand, was smiling.