This morning our house was quiet. Too quiet.
The only sound to be heard was that of the gentle pitter patter of rain on the porch and rooftop.
Benjamin was out running errands with Daddy. Luke was snuggled in my arms nursing. And Mary was at school.
Yes, our first born started her first day of Kindergarten.
It was bittersweet for me.
Yet for Mary, it was all very exciting. As it should be. No tears. No anxiety. Just a face filled with the joyful anticipation of what’s to come…learning to read; adding and subtracting; forming new friendships.
Yesterday morning, we spent about an hour up at school for Kindergarten Open House. Mary’s teacher, Mrs.. Schlatter, had a scavenger hunt for her to complete.
Later that day, Mary and I decided on her first “Back to School” outfit. I guess if you’re a kindergartener it is really a “Going to School” outfit! We decided on a new shirt that Mary got for her birthday from Mimi paired with a fun, new plaid skort and tennis shoes that Mary and I picked out together.
(Last night Mary modeled her new outfit for Daddy.)
While out shopping, we picked up an apple for her teacher. (I loved when my students brought me an apple on the first day of school!)
We were just about ready to head to school…just one more thing…
…THE backpack! I special ordered this off of the internet and just love it! Now, there should be no confusion for Mary as to who owns which backpack!
Wishing all of you that are parents to school-agers, a successful start to the new school year! May the year ahead bring lots of new opportunities for learning and fostering the unique talents and abilities in our children.