Monday, August 18, 2008

First Day of Kindergarten

OK - we made it through the leaving for school but not without some tears (on my part that is). I am amazed at the amount of emotions and feelings that I have had over the past few days about her going to Kindergarten. I am so proud of her and know that she will excel. I am also terrified for her. I want to be there for her when she needs help or if someone says something rude or if she gets lost in the hallways. I want to know that she is happy and that she is getting enough to eat during lunch. Most of all I want her know that I love her and that she is in my thoughts while she is gone. Even though she is my oldest and this is a new stage of growing up, she will always be my baby girl. I remember my dad saying that to me as a kid and I never really understood the significance of it until I had my own children. I want to let go and let her flourish in the world but at the same time I would just like to be able to shelter her at all times. Sometimes I think this parenting thing is just too complex for me. :)

She has now officially (in my mind) started on the track to a new stage of life. She, from this day forward, will always be in school until she leaves home. The countdown has begun to her adulthood. I never thought that leaving for Kindergarten would have such an impact on me. Ugghhh!

Anyway, here are some pictures from this morning.

Getting ready to walk to school.

AJ had to get in on the action too!


Sitting at her desk.

6 comments:

Sally said...

Oh, Carrie...I'll be thinking of you a lot today. Just know that you've done a great job and Elizabeth has all the tools she'll need to be an excellent and happy student. She's going to do great!

Shelley said...

Not possible...Just not possible...

Good luck Elizabeth! You are such a smart little girl, I know you are going to do great!

Sarah said...

Oh you've got me in tears now too! My baby is only 2 1/2 but I know it's all right around the corner, as fast as they grow up...

Anonymous said...

This is a very big day in parenting. I remember when you started kindergarten and you were only 4 at the time. It was very emotional also but once you hear about how much fun Elizabeth had and the kids she met it will help to get you through it. Elizabeth has been ready for this day for about 4 years now. The pictures are so cute!!! Hard to believe that little baby girl is now on her way to becoming whatever she wants in life. Have fun sweetie!!!
Love to you all and a big hug to you Carrie, it will get easier.
Mom/Gamma

Jenny said...

Like Sarah said, I'm already dreading this day and I still have 3 more years and I'm sure it will be here before I know it. What a wonderful new adventure though for her and for you. And it's ok to shed a few tears along the way :)

A Quick World said...

It's hard to believe our Bizzy is all grown up and off to school. I thought about you all day yesterday. I'm glad she had a great time and enjoys her teacher :)