There were two wonderful reasons why I was truly delighted that the Buhalis family called me for a Start of School session (aside from the simple fact that spending time with them just makes me happy)! First, dad had to work and wasn’t able to see his kids off to school. Second, mom had gotten her daughter a very special necklace to commemorate her move into the first grade.
Being there to help them remember these shiny little moments on a day that can be a little wild, filled my heart. Not only does dad get to look back and re-live a day that he couldn’t be there for, but his daughter will have the memories of her mom giving her the necklace that will no-doubt be treasured for life. Ahhh… the thought of her little girl gets me a little teary-eyed. She was genuinely emotional about the gift and repeatedly gave her mom deep hugs.
The backpacks lined up in the garage. Everyone buckled up in their booster seats. All of these things will change over the years.
Notice the teddy bear peeking out? Priceless. Oh, and the long walk into school with everyone in tow? Again, priceless. Pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade is quite possibly the sweetest time to be a parent.
The glance over her oldest’s shoulder as she leaves the room says it all. He likes her. Even if he’s too cool to give her a hug in public.
Ack! First grade is the real deal. She’s moving on from kindergarden to the big room, big playground, and big homework. My daughter (Crazy #1) started the first grade last year and walking out of the classroom, leaving her on her own, nearly knocked the air right out of me.
But leaving your baby at school for full days has to be the hardest. No matter how much freedom we moms get when our youngest heads off to school, it always hurts just a little (or a lot, if you’re a sissy like me.)
Being asked to be a part of events like this make waking up extra early worth every minute of missed sleep. Every. Single. Minute.
P.S. I’ll be doing a handful of these Start of School sessions next August – if you’re interested, let me know as soon as possible. :)