For a child, everyday can be a milestone. There are a million firsts to learn and experience. By any measure, today was a biggie. Sarah's enjoyed her first day of school. She is now officially a big kid - a full-fledged kindergartner at Mills Park Elementary School!!!
On the one hand, it is hard to believe that my baby is 5 1/2 and ready for the big leagues. On the other hand, it is hard to believe that it was only 5 1/2 years ago that Scott and I were still DINKs - enjoying a simpler, more lucrative life with dual income and no kids - a life that was also less full of love and laughter.
We made the morning special. Scott went into work a few minutes late, so that he could join us for our first drop-off. We even took her out for a quick breakfast before we both walked her to meet Ms. McGuirt in her new classroom. Sarah was so excited. She was practically in the front door before we had the car parked.
I was a bit melancholy. Sarah has been in daycare since she was 6 months old, so it wasn't the leaving that was tough. It was the thought that she was growing up and spreading her wings. Someday (faster than I'll believe), she will spread those wings and find that she can fly on her own.
My melancholy wore off before too long. Lil' Junior started kicking in my belly and reminded me that while Sarah may be growing up, I still have two more first days of kindergarten to savior. And I have many, many years of the school years left. In fact, the tax payers of Wake won't finish the K-12 schooling of the Harrell clan for another 19 years (as scary as that is)!!! By the time that comes around, I will either very, very melancholy as my youngest leaves the nest or suffering from dementia because I'll be so damn old. Time will tell.
That is life in the stroller lane. Lots of Love.