Tuesday, September 2, 2008

First Day of Preschool

Today was Gracie's first day of preschool. I went in to work late so I could take her to school, and the entire experience was a little bit surreal. It didn't seem possible that my baby was ready for a classroom. I was so proud of Nathan when he started...I was excited about that first milestone. But with Grace, I just want to hang on to her and keep her small. As I snapped pictures of her wearing that pink backpack that is bigger than she is, I couldn't help but feel like I was having an out of body experience.

This was someone else's baby traipsing along the parking lot, turning around every few seconds to make sure that I was still coming. Surely this was not my daughter greeting her friends from church and hugging her teacher as she went in the door. This little girl was not a baby anymore...she was a child who has shed all the remnants of babyhood for the strong, straight limbs of childhood.

The first day of preschool. The first milestone of many, and I pray that she reaches each one with as much wonder and excitement as she met this one.

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7 comments:

Mocha with Linda said...

Oh my. She looks like such a big kid in that first picture!

Seems like just yesterday I was doing that. . . .

The Young's said...

OH my...what a big girl!!! My two little ones go to Kindergarten next year. I can't imagine having them all in school!! wow!!! How was YOUR day?!?!

Hope you guys didn't have any trouble from Gustav!!! Take care and have a great week!!
Buffi

A Stone Gatherer said...

I remember those days! My baby is now in 4th grade!

lori said...

Awe,,,, SO sweet and so sad. They just grow up too fast

Heather C said...

Lookin' pretty grown up there, Mom! Did you miss her terribly?

Heather

luvmy4sons said...

So precious! I wanted to stop by and thank you for your prayers. Healing is going slowly. I am pretty banged up. But thank you so much for your prayers. You have such precious children!

Alana said...

I agree the whole process of our children growing up is a bit surreal isn't it? I hope she had a wonderful day!