Isn't this the moment I've been waiting for? The day my youngest child goes off to kindergarten and my days will be mine again from the hours of 8:30-3:30? I might actually be able to put a dent in my to-do list this year. But I'm having second thoughts. I feel like a nervous student the night before a big exam. I'm really going to miss this little guy.
During the preschool years on his off days we had what we proudly proclaimed, "Mommy-Brady days." It might only be a trip to Costco and vacuuming the car out but it was our special time together where we just chatted and laughed and stuck together all day long. I tried to weave in lessons of kindness, problem-solving, forgiveness and patience as we baubled about these everyday activities..but did I do enough? Can his warm innocence stand up to the 6th graders on the bus? Will he remember his manners? Will others appreciate his sweet demeanor and clever sense of humor? Have I empowered him to believe in himself and make smart choices?
Good grief. Imagine what will happen when he goes off to college. My favorite is when I ask him what he thinks Mommy might do all day while he's in school (this is when his sense of humor kicks in). "You could sit on the couch and read magazines?" "You could take a lot of naps?" "You could waterski?" The last one is probably true.
So, this is the week he will be graduating into the world of big kids. Congrats to all of you Kirklanders with kindergarteners. Many of you are going through the same thing-I see your Facebook posts- be strong! Because I know the moment Brady steps on the schoolbus my heart will be breaking on the inside, but there will be a giant smile across my face on the outside. ~j