When did this happen?

When did my little girl go from this :
"E" 5#9oz 21 inches

To this:

"E" 5 years old, first day of K-grade
(she is five now, way too cool for pictures, hence the expressions on her face)

I thought that I would be a mom that celebrated the day I sent my kids to school, a few hours of one less child to tote around at the grocery store sounded like heaven. I was wrong. I will admit I couldn't sleep last night due to the anxiety I was feeling for my sweet little "E". I was the mom that was fighting back the tears as I watched her line up with the rest of her class and march into her class room. Have we taught her enough? Does she know that the world is hard and mean and brutal at times? Can she stay strong and stand up for what she believes in?
(Uh-oh the tears are flowing again) Will she be kind to everyone? I hope so.

After her 2 hours and 50 minute class was over, I was eager to get my girl back home. As she jumped into the car she said "I love school mom. Can I go back tomorrow?" No, sweet "E" you can't, I want to keep you at home with me forever. That's what my heart wants to say. But, in reality she will return tomorrow and I will someday get used to sending her off, but probablly not for awhile.


Fee Family said...

Your a normal mom! If they don't admit it they are lying... it is really hard to watch them grow up and especially to let them go... I remember crying all the way home when my youngest told me "love you mom" in front of his friends!
There are more tears to come, but it is sooooo worth every single one!

RLRP said...

What awesome pictures - her little expression says more than words, doesn't it? I dread kindergarten next year for those reasons you just mentioned. But C is in preschool 4 days a week now, 3 hours...it's almost the same. He loves it. I just wish I were able to be a fly on the wall and watch every little thing. Luckily (I guess) I can't - I've got to grow up!

Anonymous said...

You are such an incredible Mother. It is so hard to send them out and away even for a few hours. You have reared an amazing daughter with wonderful resources. You have taught her and her brother well. We are proud of you and appreciate the job you are doing and have done with your children. You create a loving, warm home for your family.
I look at the confidence in her face and know she gets that from your home.
Thanks so much for sharing your stories and photos.
She will do well.
Thank you.
Love you.

Richard, Shauna, and Spencer said...

Oh, sad. I can't believe E is that old. I bet it helps knowing that she is having a good time. How did you get your blog to have that cool background with the lemons?