Monday, August 25, 2014

First Grade

First grade; another baby step in the process of 'letting go'.

First grade.  A year of new firsts.  First time going to school ALL DAY long.


In kindergarten, Grace only went to school in the morning.  And, though, at the time, it was hard to let her go, the mornings went so quickly.  That smiling face was back home with me before lunch. 


First grade also means, the first time Grace gets to experience lunch and recess.  These are parts of her day that she looks forward to the most.  These are parts of the day, I worry about the most.  Those unstructured moments of the day, you hope will greet your child with kindness and happy memories.

 

Those are the moments I worry about her falling and scraping her knee and me not being there to give her a band-aid and a little tenderness. 


But, this brave little girl is ready, ready to take on the firsts.  Ready to fearlessly face new challenges.  Ready to make new friends. 

This brave little girl is ready to go...


Though I am sure she took my heart with her, in that back pack, there's no place else I'd rather my heart go. 

As I count down the hours until she returns home, I look around, feeling a bit less brave. 

Her absence is felt.


My heart aches a bit, until she comes home, filled with delightful tales about how she LOVED her first day of school.  She smiles as she tells me about the girls she sat with at lunch and played with at recess.  She laughs as she remembers funny moments from her day.

And, I hug her a bit tighter. 


So, even though I know there will be many more moments of learning how to let her go, I'll appreciate those moments I don't have to and I'll hold on that much tighter. 

15 comments:

  1. ((hugs)) its so hard letting go, letting their little wings flutter without momma there to watch, encourage and catch them on a misstep. now I'm not being a pessimist here just a realist - it does not get any easier the older they get. BUT the trade off is that you see their values, judgement calls, etc really start to sign thru and y'all did an amazing job raising an even more amazing little girl. it will be alright just not easy.

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  2. I know she will have a wonderful time in first grade. I cannot even imagine how you feel right now. I hope your days go by quickly, and that Grace comes home with lots to share.

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  3. Lovely post Amy and such lovely pictures. Good luck to Grace in first grade! Here in the UK, our little ones go all day to school at 4 years old, seems so young bless them!

    Hugs xx

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  4. Aww! It gets easier, Amy, I promise! She is such a beauty and I see such a change between K & 1st grade. I'm glad to hear she's loving school so far. :)

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  5. Congratulations to Miss Grace on her first day. You never fully let them go, no matter what. Enjoy the moments you do have.

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  6. oh WHAAAAAA!!! that was me today. I had to leave extra early to wait in the carpool line just because I was so anxious I couldn't just sit and WAIT! I'm glad she's having such a great experience so far. Cora did great also, she had so much fun and got to eat lunch with her bff and played with EVERYONE at recess...3 of them. :) good luck to us both being all alone all day.

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  7. Awww....so precieous Amy! I love hearing Jacobs tales from school and how he handles certain situations. (Sometime better than I would!) So what will you do all day???

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  8. A sweet post that brought tears to my eyes. I hope the first day and all the days after bring happy memories for her and you as well. :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your very sweet and thoughtful comment, it made me smile. Thank you!

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  9. I'm so glad she loved it! I knew she would. I feel like that little girl is growing up before my eyes. I'm glad you share pieces of your life here Amy.

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    1. Thanks so much Amy. It was so hard to let her go and have her be gone ALL day long but I love having her come home full of smiles and stories.

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  10. Awwww, sniff!! She's such a little lady crossing her legs in the 1st grade photo ( love the fun colors of that dress!) and I'm so happy that she had a good first day. I'd be so worried too!!!!!!

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  11. YAY for Grace and her first day of school. I'm so glad she enjoyed it so much. I wish you both a wonderful year of magical tales and memories.

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  12. Oh Amy! I love seeing Grace's first day of school! I know it's difficult to let her go, but isn't it amazing to see her grow and learn. Love the picture of the two of you!

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  13. "Though I am sure she took my heart with her, in that back pack, there's no place else I'd rather my heart go."

    These words brought tears to my eyes! My oldest started kindergarten last week. The best part of my day is when ge gets home off the bus!

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