Katie on her first day (right before Hurricane First Day of School hit)
What a difference today was. She walked right in, found her cubby, found her desk, looked around at her friends at her table, said "hi", gave me and WM a big hug and kiss, hugged her brother and sister goodbye and sat down and started coloring her coloring sheet. Waved to me as we walked about with a big smile on her face. Last year we left with her crying.
Katie at her desk...how cute is she??
I can't wait to watch my girl blossom. She's always been the youngest in her class, even throughout her day care and pre-school classes. She was always at least 9 months younger than most of the kids she was with. It'll be interesting to watch her be one of the older ones. I can't wait to watch her be the leader I know she is. I think we'll see great things from her that will last throughout her lifetime. It's amazing what gaining a year of self-confidence can do.
Patrick giving Katie a bye bye hug.
Did I come home and stew and worry about things? Absolutely...I worry that her classmates from last year will see her in the hall/lunchroom/recess and say mean things to her about her not going to 1st grade, I worry that she'll get bored and misbehave or become a "know-it-all", I worry that she won't make close friends like she did last year. I know that most of these are useless worries, but it's still the concerns I have as a mommy.
But I was so proud of her today. My hope is that today I saw a small glimpse of the great things to come.
I was proud to be her mom!
And even though I hated the monsoon that hit, right as it was time to go to school, I was glad that it disguised my tears...tears of pride for my little girl who is growing up.
Growing up too quickly, I might add.