To say I was upset about her heading off into the harsh world of kindergarten would be an understatement. I felt so overwhelmed by the fact that she would be exposed to people and ideas that I had no control over. Up until that day I had known and approved of every person she came in contact with, monitored her food choices , book selections and basically every other detail of her life. Kindergarten was stealing that away from me.
For a month before the first day of school I would lay in bed with her at night talking and rubbing her back before she went to sleep. We would talk about her day and the conversation would inevitably turn to the topic of starting school. I would tell her that I could not believe my bitty baby girl was going to school.
One night she had apparently had enough of my whining about losing my baby to the public school system and she sat upright in her bed. " Mom, I have to go to school. It's the law." She laid back down and rolled over and that was the end of that.
School started , she didn't come home the first day with a drug habit or a boyfriend so I guess all things considered it went well.
I still worry about my bitty baby girl being out in the big cruel world but I think about tomorrow with excitement rather than terror.
We've come a long way baby!!