Monday, August 29, 2011

The Kinder Way

It is cliche to say "I can't believe my baby is five." The truth is, I can't believe he is ONLY five. We have been through more in the past five years than I ever imagined I would go through in my life. Some mother's cry when their babies turn another year older, or when they grow out of clothes, or when they drop them off at the first day of school. I celebrate. I consider each milestone a blessing. Instead of wishing that he was still a baby I say to myself "I am so lucky we made it here."

I didn't spend a lot of time thinking about "the first days of school" while Jack was a baby because I couldn't see past the third surgery. We didn't allow ourselves to be jinxed by imagining the days when Jack was 5, 10 or 15 years old because we just needed to make it to that third surgery.
Now that we are here, I haven't had time to daydream about him growing up and doing the regular things kids do. Or, how they would affect him, and us. It has been SO exciting and fun to watch him do these new things. Today was certainly the beginning of a very long, important part of his life. He was thrilled and woke up yelling "First Day of School!" ..even though we have PM Kindergarten. (To my surprise..) he couldn't wait to put on his uniform and head to school.

It was quick and painless.. pat on the back, couple of pictures, a hug goodbye- off he went.
So we are on our way, the Kinder way, to a whole new world of PTA meetings (I'm a card holding member..), volunteer work, homework, new friends, class pets, math problems and recess fights. I love it.. we are all happy here.


Kell's Belles said...

Yay! So glad you all made it to this wonderful milestone :) Jack's the cutest little kindergartener I know.

Kyle and Alli said...

I LOVED this post. I get it and it is once again awesome to see you express my own thoughts. I can't wait to feel that same sense of accomplishment the day that we send Grant to school.

by the way, you all look FABULOUS!!!

Bebe McGooch said...

This is just the best thing ever.

kimberlee shaffer said...

yay for Jack!!! We love you buddy, so happy for all these wonderful things you are doing. (=

Liz said...

So cute! You can tell Jack that I went to that school when I was little, and loved it there. We had a few tears from one o ours this year, but with it being a new school, in a new place with all new people, it was understandable. I wanted to cry too.

Summer also knows as the krazy cake lady said...

So perfectly written LOVED EVERY WORD I'm tempted to copy and paste just kiddin :)