Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bittersweet














Tomorrow begins a new era of parenting for me.  My daughter - my youngest, my baby girl - is going to preschool!  Now, I've been down this road before, of course.  I  know she's ready, I know she's going to love it.  I feel great about where she's going - it's a coop, I'm on the board, so I'm intimately involved with the school - but just today it was hitting me.  Because I've been down this road, I know, a bit at least, where it leads, and where it leads is out into the big world.  This is the beginning of her having a life that is larger than just our home.  It's wonderful, and it's necessary, but it's so hard, so very hard sometimes, to let them go.

This comes as I'm starting to venture a bit back into the world myself.  It's a good thing, of course, but change (for me at least) is so hard.  I like my ruts, I really do.  We're also weathering the transition of getting the boys back to school.  This year is bittersweet in that as well.  I've got both boys in full-day school, for the first time ever.  In some ways, it's great.  In other ways, well, again, I miss them.  We had a good summer, and it went by so quickly!  I think both boys have a good situation this year.  My oldest is in 2nd grade.  He's on the older side, and for him and the kid he is, that's so fantastic.  He really needed that extra maturing.  We didn't hold him, he missed our cut-off by 7 days, but it's a good thing.  We've also decided to give our younger son a bit more time.  We're lucky enough to have a program in the school, a transitional first grade, which gives him an extra year before first grade.  Again, for the kid he is,  it's such a great thing.  I feel so lucky to have the option!

So, we're all beginning to settle in to the new year.  New backpacks and lunch boxes.  New clothes and supplies.  The air is beginning to cool off at night, and the mornings have been chilly.  I think (HOPE) it's going to be a good year!

3 comments:

Pam Asberry said...

What a cutie! Here's hoping this is your best year ever! My baby is a sophomore in high school so the first day of school isn't quite as exciting as it used to be, but since I am a piano teacher I organize my life by school years instead of calendar years. It's always great to get a fresh start every fall!

Knitting with a Purpose said...

Thank you so much, I think she's a cutie! With the two older brothers, she's pretty tough too. :) I think, between all those years of high school, college, and grad school, September always feels like a new beginning to me. It's a good thing, renewal!

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