Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Growing Up

I just sent my baby, Zoe, to a full day of preschool in the car pool with my older kids. I have been looking forward to this day for quite some time. A whole day to myself (actually, 7:55AM to 1:30PM - I'm helping with the end of the day party in preschool at 1:30) with no specific tasks to do (did the grocery shopping yesterday). And I'm still excited.


But, I wasn't prepared for the lump in my throat and stomach as I buckled her into the backseat of the minivan. She was smiling broadly, and I couldn't help but smile back at my big girl. She looked so small among the 1st and 4th graders in the van. So small, so sweet, so excited. This is her last school day before she "graduates" on Friday. All year she has only gone three afternoons a week. But today she goes for the full school day, 8:15 until 2:45, with a lunch packed into her backpack and a day filled with friends and graduation practice.

I'm sure we'll both enjoy our day. But I didn't know I'd feel like this.

7 comments:

Rayne said...

It is so hard, isn't it? We want them to grow big and strong and brave and to stride out into the world, but the first steps out into the world are always too soon.

The Church Lady said...

I know just how you feel, but that was a few years ago for me. Now, I look so forward to them getting on the bus, especially on my day off! That will soon come to an end as summer is quickly approaching. A break from the daily routine is good for us all!

You little girl is growing up quickly! I am sure she is excited about it and it sounds like she is ready!

p.s. Thanks for letting Freedom Writer know about the error. He GREATLY appreciated it!!

Mariposa said...

Oh...my Mom told me the same thing when she first sent me to school.

Hope you can join us back at Fun Monday!

Bobbie Leigh said...

I had a hard time sending Boo to preschool too. I cried putting her on the bus!

MommyWizdom said...

Wow, she is adorable - looks just like you!! I'm sure she did great. I have to agree with Rayne - we want them to grow up, but it's scary at the same time! :-)

I hope it gets easier as they get older... I have a knot in my stomach just thinking about my baby girl in school full-time.

I wanted to invite you to join us for Fun Monday on June 1st.

Come check out the theme at MommyWizdom.

nikki said...

I think if I had some me time I would spend it napping.

I wish we could stop them from growing up so fast!

Irish Coffeehouse said...

What a sweetheart!

I hope you both had a great day!