Where does the time go? When I was younger, I never understood that phrase. Now, as a parent, I get it. How is it possible that Ella had her first day of kindergarten yesterday? How is she possibly old enough? Where did all that time go?
When I woke up yesterday morning, I had a mixture of feelings. A little sad, a little worried but mostly happy. A little sad that this milestone really means that my little one is growing up. A little worried about how she would do with the change of being at school and whether or not she’d fit in. I also worried a little about how Tehya would handle not having her sister around for the day, but mostly, I was happy, because I know in my heart, that I’ve done the very best I can to prepare her for this next step.
A few weeks ago, when we were getting things ready for school, I was talking to my mom about a lunch box for Ella. She went to her box of goodies and pulled out this:
I was ridiculously excited. When I was little, my grandma made me a little lunch kit like this. I used it as my lunch box for a lot of years, and then as a toiletries bag as I got older. I still have it, but it’s not in the best shape. When Ella saw it, she immediately wanted that to be her lunch kit too! This made me smile and I love her so much for her eagerness. The bonus… this one was also made by my grandma!
No start of school post would be complete without these photos:
Sitting on the front stoop, all ready to go.
This one cracks me up. I asked her to stand up, so that we could see a little more of her raincoat and her backpack. This is the pose she gave me. Love her for it.
When Ella got home, I sat with her in the living room and asked her to tell me about her day. I listened and photographed, just enjoying her enthusiasm and expressions.
Not a day goes by where I’m not thankful for this wonderful little girl. She’s so very sweet. When we were leaving to drive Ella to school, Tehya started to cry, because she was going to miss her big sister. Ella just looked at her and said, “It’s okay Tehya, I’ll be home before you know it.” Then proceeded to give her a big hug and kiss.
Ella – as you embark on this next part of your life’s journey, this is my wish for you. I hope you discover a love of learning that will carry on through your lifetime. I hope that you meet friends that warm your heart. I hope you will have a great many teachers who inspire you and guide you. But mostly, I hope you’ll have fun doing it 🙂