Now that we are down to the bitter end of summer, though, I am starting to feel sad. I'm happy for J, because I think he thrives in school. He is smart, and friendly, and loves to be with other kids. Unfortunately the only kid he's been around all summer, for the most part, is his baby sister! I'm glad that he's getting "boy time" with his football teammates, and that he'll get to see old (and meet new) friends when he starts fourth grade. He will be in the same school as last year so there is no real apprehension (on his or my part!) this year.
On the other hand, my baby girl is starting kindergarten. This one is hitting me hard. Harder than it did when J started kindergarten. This surprises me, because he was my first baby, and the first one I sent off to school. Maybe it was easier (for lack of a better word) because I still had a baby at home. K was barely a year old and she definitely kept me busy, and kept my mind occupied. Now that baby will be joining the ranks of new students at Wylie Elementary. I think she is ready. I hope she is ready. She is so, so smart. She loves to learn. She tells everyone that she is going to kindergarten to learn to read. She is beautiful and thoughtful and imaginative and sensitive. It's the sensitive part that worries me. She laughs with her whole heart and she also cries with her whole heart. I hope and pray that she is blessed with a teacher who will nurture and love and support her in the ways that she needs, and that her classmates are kind and friendly to her so she will feel confident and bask in newfound friendships. She started preschool when she was a year old and even (still!) this past year would cry when I left her. So if you're a parent or teacher at Wylie, don't be surprised to see me, in tears, leaving my daughter, in tears, the first day (or week or month!). I hope she surprises me and adapts well, because I had enough tearful goodbyes over the past four years with her!
It's hard for me to believe, but this beautiful baby girl...
is turning into a beautiful little lady who will be a full-time student in seven short days!
Good luck, K! I love you. I'm proud of you. I will miss you!!!