First Day of Kindie and Pre-K!
Okay, so I thought I was one of those who wouldn't cry at this point; back-to-school tears just didn't seem "me."
I had been telling husband that this was a natural progression of things, time marching on, a developmental milestone, the next phase, just how it is.... and then I logged into Facebook and saw this video, "Slow Down" by Kristen Johnson, and I balled like a baby. Like, ugly crying. Remember that Sex and the City Episode where Miranda's mother dies and it made Samantha go stone-like, well she lost her "O," but you get the point. She didn't know what was wrong with her and then in the funeral, the priest kept calling Miranda by the wrong name and she looks back at Samantha and she whispers back, "I'm sorry," then proceeds to cry uncontrollably, just letting it all out. Well, that was me as of the eve before my girls started Pre-K and Kindie.
As I drove them to school this morning, my music came on as it does, and we turned it up and smiled all the way and wiggling in our seats. I hit the first four-way-stop by our house, and saw two teens walking their siblings to the nearby school, holding their hands, fresh back packs bouncing behind, I passed a woman in a car coming through the intersection and she was beaming at the site too, and we shared that joy, that back-to-school glee and excitement sparkling through the leaves hit us and then I cried- AGAIN! TEARS streaming under my sunglasses and I turned the music up to this song, "When Everything Was What it Was," by The Belle Brigade, not even sure how I have this downloaded- I definitely think it was one of those freebie cards from Starbucks, and I just sang and cried and smiled and rubbed their little legs at every stop sign and red light all the way there.
The girls were both so happy to be heading into a classroom to meet their teachers and classmates! I have the image of their back packs hitting the back of the bottom of their calves burned to memory. Husband made them breakfast and helped get their shoesies on and we just soaked it all in, every tiny moment of the morning.
Created a video of our morning heading to the first day of school! I literally JUST discovered this song by Taylor Swift and thought it was PERFECT. I lost it, yet again, when husband filmed me with the girls getting them dressed.
Here's to a future generation starting their course in the world, defining who they are and living with purpose, and here'e to the generation/s raising them and guiding them, holding their hands as long as they'll let us.