Baby Girl Starts School

Here she is.  First day of school.

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Ok, so there’s more to the story.

Clearly, she’s not five, and clearly its way past September.  She’s heading to third grade, after spending the first half of the school year homeschooling.

I was expecting this huge moment when I dropped her off at her new school.  Like, the most epic hug ever!  Fireworks!  Presents!  Confetti!  The whole works.  But instead, as I pulled up to the staff member who received her from the car line, Natalie simply got unbuckled, said goodbye and exited the vehicle.  I rolled down the window and shouted, “It’s her first day!” The lady smiled and shut the car door. And then I had to drive to make way for the next parent/kiddo drop off.

I tried to comment to her brother behind me something like, “there she goes”, but instead I busted out crying. OMG, if me ten years ago saw me this morning there would be some finger pointing and laughing.  And if I am honest, I am still chuckling a little thinking about it.

Why do we do that? Why do we cry? As if we are saying a more final goodbye than the six hours they are actually gone for? Especially in third grade, I mean it’s not even Kindergarten! Like we haven’t done this for the last four years (minimum).  I suppose for me it goes beyond the sadness that I will miss her (especially after having her with me every day for the last seven months), but it is also a huge cyclone of feelings: joy, pride, concern, hope, guilt, and longing. Is this normal? Is something wrong with me? Who would have thought that in one quick drop off moment, for a very normal occurrence such as my child’s education, that I would have such a strong reaction? Certainly not me ten years ago.

So why did Natalie start a new school this morning, and after four months of homeschooling? (No, I didn’t hate every minute of it despite my initial assumptions). Well, that’s a story for another blog post.  So keep reading!

I would love to hear your thoughts about The First Day of School drop off.

How do you prepare? Do you make a special breakfast or send a love note in their lunchbox? Do you take photos and post them all over social media? How do you feel after your kiddo leaves on that first day? I would love to know!