Today is the first day of Middle School for my baby.  She would hate that I just called her my baby for all of you to see, since she's not a baby anymore.  First time ever walking to school.  Up to now, she has always taken a bus, since the elementary school is a few miles away.  But the middle school is only a few blocks away, so she gets to be a walker.  With friends from the neighborhood.  First day in a new school.  First day being a "big girl".  And other changes, too.  Changes to her hair ( we had to straighten it last night); new jewelry to wear (thank god Claire's had a sale!).  She looks older than she did in June, just a short time ago.

And firsts for me:  First time I don't have a child in the elementary building.  First time I wasn't out on the porch watching the kids waiting for the bus. First year that I won't have a classroom to hover in; the middle school teachers discourage all that hovering - trying to teach our kids to be responsible and independent, so my involvement at school will be more observatory, less participatory. 

So I'm feeling a little wistful today, my last little one is leaving behind a part of childhood, and walking toward teenhood.  But not a teen yet, and when its just us, I am still allowed to call her my baby.  And that will always be enough, no matter what stage of life she is in. 

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Sep. 8, 2009 at 10:20 AM

AW..... I could cry for you.

I can't even imagine what life would be like that far in the future.

Rachel wanted her nails painted and we had to make sure we used Pantene instead of the daily shampoo, after all this was a special day we were preparing for.

Your "Baby" will do just fine, she's beaming with independence this morning creating her own sunshine. 

I understand how scary it is to see our kids grow so quickly...the hardest part is letting go and allowing them to become the Adults we always hoped they'd be.

As for you girly, lol, you better not let her see you peering out the window as she's walking home, pretend to be busy :O)

blowing kisses

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Sep. 9, 2009 at 8:03 AM

I remember that day! It was tough...lots of changes. I hope it is a great year for both of you!

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