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First Day of School

September 9, 2010

I thought I’d be fine, that I wouldn’t cry. Then I saw one of the moms I knew – walking out as we were walking in – and she had tears in her eyes. I welled up. I kept them there and they didn’t fall until I got in the car and everything went blurry for a minute. Then I was fine.

She, on the other hand, was fine from the start. Excited and full of questions and so ready to meet new “fwends.” Though I cringe every time she says, “Mom, I don’t need you – I can do it,” I love her independence. I can already see the bits and pieces of it that will carry her through life able to face a new situation head-on; entering with caution but without fear and anxiety. Just assessing for a quick minute before jumping in with both feet and letting her joy and exuberance spill over to everyone around her. Even if it means too much distraction to stop and give me even one token First Day of School picture where she’s smiling into the camera – these pictures are her. Confident and excited, looking directly past me knowing that I’m a permanent fixture, searching for what new adventure is ahead and enjoying her current moment.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 9, 2010 3:10 pm

    So so cute!

  2. September 9, 2010 10:58 pm

    Lil, what a special day. You captured this day so well both in pictures and with your words. You are so lucky to have such a confident little one.

  3. September 11, 2010 1:36 pm

    And this is how we know we’re going to be okay: seeing them using the tools we’ve given them, seeing them explore their independence, knowing we’re waiting in the wings if they should need us🙂

    But it doesn’t mean the tears will stay away! What a beautiful first day, and what a beautiful testament to your love and support. I’m so glad you posted this!

  4. September 14, 2010 7:16 pm

    Thanks for stopping by on the pizza post! I’m so glad many have access to good pizza dough too. Wish I had a Trader Joe’s nearby, but we are challenged in the grocery stores in our area.

    Your blog is SO pretty, love your photography. Wonderful! I just got a big girl camera recently & have been practicing trying to get better and better.

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