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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….


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  1. Carolyn September 1, 2011 Reply

    So true. Well written Janet! I wished for my Mom today too (like most days!), but was so thankful my Dad called this morning to wish the kids good luck on their first day. I still have a picture of me in front of the little yellow mini-bus for my first day of Grade 1! Glad our little ones are going through this experience together...not to mention you & me!

  2. Shauna September 1, 2011 Reply

    your 1st day pictures are truly beautiful!!Thank you so much for sharing them.

  3. Leanne September 1, 2011 Reply

    You didn't expect to cry today?!? Janet, are we talking about the same person that I know and love? :-) Very cute photos indeed. Hailey is lucky to have her own personal photographer to mark these milestones. I especially love the one of her walking into school. So cute!

    • Janet Pliszka September 6, 2011 Reply

      ha ha Leanne!!! When I think about it I guess it was to be expected, eh?!?!?

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