On Wednesday, Trouble started preschool. I’ve never seen a kid quite so excited to go to school. When we took the tour a few weeks ago, she was furious that she couldn’t stay, and when the big day finally came, she ran to the door to get her backpack and then marched out to the car. Her bravado faltered only slightly when she got to the classroom, but she dove into playtime and within 5 minutes of arrial, had already forgotten I was there.
Princess was a little more subdued when it came to starting Kindergarten on Friday. (Yes, it’s early. Our school district follows a year-round school schedule.) She was very, very quiet–not clingy, but I could tell she was nervous. To be perfectly honest, Mommy was a little bit nervous too. Those big kids are just so big! And you just have to bring them to school and then leave. It made my heart hurt. But I needn’t have worried. She had a great day, followed by a great 2nd day yesterday, and now she can’t wait to go back either.
It is a big shift for me to suddenly have an empty house every morning. I’d say I don’t know hardly know what to do with myself, but the truth is that I have plenty to keep me busy. Deep down I always thought I would homeschool, so in a small way it almost feels like I’ve failed by letting them go. But I’m not going to lie, in another way it is a relief to have a little more time to get things done.
My hope and prayer for my girls is that they will have an awesome year, filled with learning and fun and friendship. My hope and prayer for myself this year is that the time we spend apart allows me to be the mom I want to be when we’re together.
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