Evan keeps saying "I growing up. I go on school bus too."
The day has come. My little freckle-faced, red-headed baby girl will walk to the bus stop tomorrow morning and ride a bus to school, spend all day there (without me) and eat lunch and learn and make friends and ride the bus home where I will greet her at that same bus stop. I will admit that many days I longed for this day to hurry up and get here. Now it's here and I'm not quite sure how to feel. (She's my first to leave the nest~even if it's only for the day, 5 days per week)
Seriously, Class of 2024? How can that be?
How old does that make me in 2024? Um, yeah, no....
After three solid years of pre-school I know she's ready. She needs more than I can give her. She needs more learning (please let Kindergarten be more than pre-school!!! I don't want another stinkin' bear to color and decorate with her interests for the bulletin board. She's over it and so am I.) She needs more. period. I am delighted to send her off on this new journey but there is that mom thing inside me that just can't believe that life moves this fast. How can I be 40 years old and just have a Kindergarten? Hell, she should be in middle school!!!!! (Note to self: you chose to WAIT to have your kids. Deal with it!)
"Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away....."
I can't help but remember those very first moments alone with her in the hospital room after giving birth. I was over-joyed that I had my girl. I was overwhelmed with love and emotion and such a fierce, immediate sense of protection for this being that was mine. Yet now she will board a bus and go to school and there are forty million things I can't shelter or protect her from. I have to let go, even if it's just a tiny bit. We are both on a new path together. I am certain the most learning this year will be with me.
Mrs. Svendsen. (Trisha Svendsen to be exact!)
Is this woman 25? OMG! And she has FIVE kids!
I need a private meeting with her to go over aging strategies!
Mackeben Mountain Lions Forever!!!!
I love you Lauren. You are smart and funny and wonderful. God speed. You are gonna rock!
(Please note Lauren's gangsta pose!)