(This isn't too far of a Throwback but seems fitting for what's on my mind today.)
This is McKayla, the day she was born. So small. So tiny.
And this is McKayla today. Her 3rd day of Kindergarten and her 1st day of walking into school by herself.
Every day this week, I've asked her if she wanted to eat breakfast at home or at school, if she wanted to eat cafeteria food or me pack her lunch and if she wanted me to go with in her inside the school or if she wanted me to drop her off.
Tuesday (her first day), she wanted to eat breakfast at home, eat cafeteria food and me go inside the school with her. I did and helped her find where she needed to go......students wait in the gym until it's time to go to class. (The first week or so, the Kindergarten teachers come to the gym to get the kids but once they get in the groove, they'll walk by themselves to their classrooms).
Wednesday, she wanted to eat breakfast at school, me pack her lunch and to go inside with her. We found her friend from Pre-K, Leah, and I helped them both figure out protocol for eating breakfast at school. I sat with them while they ate and then went to the gym with them to wait for their teachers.
Thursday (today), she wanted to eat breakfast at school again, pack her lunch but THIS time.....
she wanted to go in by herself.
She's ready to go in by herself already?!
But I'M not ready!
She made sure she remembered what and where she was supposed to go. I asked her several times if she was sure that's what she wanted to do (I didn't want a meltdown in the middle of the circle with other parents waiting to drop off their kids) and she said she was.
So that's what I did. I gave her a hug in the car, told her to have a fantastic day and out she went, to school by herself. Grinning from ear to ear and strutting her stuff.
I, on the other hand, may have puddled up a little as I watched my baby walk into the cafeteria ..... alone .....not caring that I was keeping other parents from going anywhere (not really, I didn't just sit there, I creeped forward a bit).
Before too long, she won't even want a hug from me anymore but in the mean time, I'm gonna get as many hugs and kisses as she'll allow/give. :-)