I didn’t mean to cry today. It did happen though. Hailey’s first day of grade one and I didn’t expect such a wave of emotions to come over me. I knew I’d be both happy and nervous for my little girl who has been so excited for today. She woke up at 6:30 and said “I hope it’s morning because I want to go school today”. She was calm the whole morning with that underlay of excitement that comes out in sweet smiles in our little one. She has lots going on in there, I know, but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what is going through the minds of our little ones as they approach and step into these milestones in their lives. For me, I went back to my own mom. Wishing she was here. She would have phoned after to ask her how her day was and say how proud she was of her. I also thought about the emotions of our own parents as they went through the same thing 34 years ago with me! No, the tears didn’t appear as Hailey walked bravely into her new school, instead they started at my computer as I looked at these images, both remembering and looking to all the amazing experiences (and emotions!) we have ahead of us.
So, here she is on her first day of school, with her new lunchbox and the nametag she made that fell off before we got in the car (“I don’t need it anyway” she declared). And her little brother who will miss her dearly.
Oh, the places you’ll go, sweet Hailey….
#first day of school