Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The one where she gets all teary...

My baby starts kindergarten in the morning. I am busily gathering together the last minute necessities - re-packaging her peaches so she can open them up, chilling her apple juice, making sure her jacket and backpack and lunch box are labeled, jotting down the things I need to remind her teacher of when I meet her tomorrow.

I can't believe she's this old. I can't believe five years has gone by so quickly. My beautiful baby has morphed into my beautiful little girl, and in the next blink of my eyes she will be my beautiful big girl and eventually my beautiful adult daughter.

I don't want the time to go. I want to hold her close to me while she's still small enough to fit on my lap, and whisper in her ear for ever how much I love her more than life. I want to always keep her safe in the same way I did when she was tucked away inside of me, nurtured by the very essence of my being.

I can't, though. I must put away my tears and nostalgia and my fear of change and instead dust off my confident smile. I must soothe her trepidations with assurances that I will be there the moment the bell rings to scoop her into my arms and tell her how proud I am of her for being herself.

I don't want her to go.


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  2. Awwww hun, I know she is growing up but there are still so many "firsts" to come.

    Love how cute they look with their liddle backpacks on.

  3. My youngest starts next year and I am already panicking... he is too little! And he wears hearing aids, has red hair and loves ballet. So concerned.

  4. My little Danny started kindergarten this year too. It's such a big transition, for both us and our little ones! I still can hardly believe it. xx

  5. It does fly by quickly, doesn't it?

  6. Oh beautiful post! How did she go? I look forward to such milestones!