I can’t believe it. I can’t believe that my baby… my first born… is now a kindergartener. This past Friday was her first day of elementary school.
That day the parents were asked to stay for about 45 minutes to go over what would be expected of our little ones for the first year of school. Alleigh was doing great until she realized it was almost time for me to leave. When the teacher told the students to give their parents a hug good-bye she just broke down. Those huge crocodile tears pouring out of her bright blue eyes turned this mama to mush. She was sobbing that she was going to miss me and it broke my heart to have to leave her there. I felt like the meanest mom in the entire world to hug her and walk away when I felt like she needed me so much, but I also knew that it would only make it worse for me to stay any longer. And so I did it. I hugged her and whispered in her ear that mommy always comes back and that I would see her in just a few hours. Then I walked out of the room and that is when I started crying.
I worried about her the entire day and was hoping she had cheered up and made the best of her day. Since Alleigh is open enrolled we must drop her off and pick her up each day. I was never so anxious to pick her up it seemed like an eternity waiting in the parent pick-up line. I was so happy when her teacher walked her to the car and told me that Alleigh calmed down within minutes and that she had a fabulous day. As a first day of school treat we went out for ice cream to celebrate and Alleigh told me about her day.
She even told me she was excited to go back to school. Today went much smoother than last week with no tears about leaving mom…. which in a way was bitter sweet. Tonight she colored a picture, put it in her school folder, and told me she was giving it to her teacher. I’d say she likes kindergarten.
Did you have a kiddo start school this year or head back to school? How’d it go…. please tell me this gets easier emotionally for mom each year.