Today is a momentous occasion in our home…our Daughter, Morgan, is going to High School. I remember when she went off to Kindergarten like it was yesterday. I maintained a very stiff upper lip, until we got outside the classroom, and them I bawled like a baby. But for me, High School was even more emotional. When you drop them off for that first day of Kindergarten, they are still small and need you so much. You are still the most important thing in their lives. So it is hard to take them there and let someone else care for them, but at the end of the day you are still #1. When you take your child to High School…the game changes. It is the beginning of a new era, new sets of hopes and dreams, new sets of problems, and new sets of expectations. Oh, and their friends take a much more center stage of importance in their lives, and they act like they don’t need you anymore, so you feel like you aren’t #1. But then you have a morning like mine and you remember that they DO need you and you ARE still important and it makes it even harder to let them go.
When I woke up this morning, I went upstairs to make sure Morgan was up. When I opened the door she was already dressed and putting on her make-up. She was very excited and talking a mile a minute. She said she felt like we were going on a really long car trip (we typically leave before the sun gets up and it was still dark), but then she realized that the road trip she was going on was life. And I wanted to cry right then…but I held it together. I made her my special back to school Mom McMuffins and we sat down and talked about her worries about the day. Then she asked me to walk her to the bus stop. Now my Daughter has NEVER rode the bus to school in her life. In Elementary school, she was a walker. In Middle school, she was out of district so I drove her…but today she took the bus. So off we went to school. At one point we even briefly held hands on our walk…just as we had the day I walked her to Kindergarten for the first time. And my heart was filled with pride and joy. My Daughter, My Love, My Heart is going to HIGH SCHOOL! HIGH SCHOOL! When we got to the bus stop, she turned to me, and she was immediately 14 again. She said “you can go now”. I told her “I would be creeping on her from the bushes until she got on the bus”. She said “that is fine”. And then I left. But I watched her until she got on that bus, thinking the whole time where has the time gone??? Life goes by so fast, in the blink of an eye your baby is starting to grow wings and fly. I look forward to watching her continue to grow into the wonderful, smart, sweet, funny, and beautiful person she is becoming! Happy 1st day Morgan…I will be in those same bushes when you get off the bus, too!! Can’t wait to hear all about it!
Truman went to Fourth Grade today! Not to be out done, he has decided that he wants to ride his bike to school this year. But today, he let me walk him…he even grabbed my hand a couple of times!! <3
Happy 1st Day Everyone!