I knew she was ready for kindergarten, and in many ways, I was ready for her to go. But then it came and I kept thinking, “How did we get here?” I had so many thoughts during those days leading up to the first day of school. We still haven’t made it to the zoo again, she still can’t tie her shoes, did I cherish enough those moments when it was just the two of us and we didn’t have the pressure of a school bell telling us we’re late?
But here we are, a month in and she’s already told me to ‘stay right here’ while she walks into the classroom by herself. She has discovered the option of having pizza for hot lunch and oh, the excitement of the bus rides home. Yay for social hour!
Just in this past month, I have seen my daughter Mia grow up in so many ways. Six years old going on sixteen for sure! But I’ve also seen her need the extra comfort after a long week of school. And I love those “I need my mommy” moments. I suppose letting go is just a natural part of being a parent, but it’s not easy. I want to protect her from so many things, but I know I can’t. All I can do is pray that God is right beside her. It gives my heart peace knowing that it’s not so much about letting go, as it is about trusting Him to walk with her every step of the way.