Monday, September 1, 2008

The First Day Of The Rest Of Her Life

A certain associate of mine has her first day of preschool in the morning, and I absorbed the weight of this fact while carefully lettering her name inside her jacket with a black Sharpie. I have never before had cause to write this child's name on her possessions because I am always with her, constantly nearby to say that one, that is Ellie's jacket and tomorrow she will go to a place where no one knows her name, let alone her jacket, and the school handbook is telling me to label her things clearly and, honestly, I may as well be sending her to summer camp, or maybe a nice out-of-state college, or the moon.

She, predictably, isn't sweating it, and can probably sense that her mother has only been holding her back, dragging her down, keeping her from a really brilliant solo career.

An Actual Preschooler

Knock 'em dead, old girl
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26 comments:

bluemountainsmary said...

I found - when Margot set off for pre school - that the anticipation of her doing that was worse than the actual event.

The anticipation sucked though!

Louise said...

I'll shed a tear for you. Life is never the same once they enter school--no matter what kind. In some ways it might be better, and it's wonderful watching them grow, but something is lost. Something you can never have back, and it's sad.

amy turn sharp of doobleh-vay said...

I am with you on this one. Next week. You described it beautifully. I am sad but excited!

i am very mary said...

I think you should have at least let her wear the old crazy lady get-up. Because there's nothing quite like THAT to make a first impression and, let's face it, no one would want to steal her faux mink, thus eliminating the need for the whole sharpie ordeal.

the (new) cheap chick said...

She is going to do GREAT! You, on the other hand, will probably need a box of Kleenex. But hang in there - remember you WANT her to go to school. It's good for her, and all that.

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

Drew started last week. He thinks he's hit the high and mighty.

Erin Gergen Halls said...

i have found that nothing helps to ease the push/pull of sending off the babies on their first day of school.

well, mimosas help a little...

justjuli said...

I like Very Mary's suggestion - send her in her grey gardens get-up. :)

It's very exciting - and such a drastic change. Although probably more for those who stay home, then the ones taking off for school.

Good luck!

standing still said...

Back to school means: new school supplies. We can buy them for ourselves! Think of that! New sharpies and folders and a sparkling clean eraser.

I find that new school supplies ALWAYS help with the angst of the chick leaving the nest.

Kelly @ Love Well said...

How can you part with those cheeks? Those button lips?

Sigh.

I'm feeling rather melancholy myself this morning. I just left my oldest in her new second grade classroom, even though she's only about 18 months old in my mind. And my son starts preschool tomorrow.

Good thing I just had a baby. I am not ready to be done discovering the world with these precious creatures.

(New header? Love it.)

MamaBird said...

oh, the sweetness. love the high necked ruffle tank. mwah for her and you too. (mabel's labels are about $40K each but really amazing)

Lisa Milton said...

I see she is donning the beads, fashionable at 4.

She is going to have such a fabulous time. I loved it when my kids were in preschool - they learn so much and tell fantastic stories at day's end.

(I can remember their first days like it was yesterday. Lexi's was actually 9/11 - that one - but I don't think that mattered. I can picture her curls; Zack's Converses. Enough memory lane...)

I hope she has the best day, evah. You too. You are entering into some of the best years. I believe it.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

The necklace is a lovely touch!

She's gonna have a great time.

Mrs. G. said...

And so it begins!

She'll own that preschool before the graham crackers are unwrapped.

Your back to school banner looks great.

hippyhappyhay said...

Aww, how sweet. Hugs girl. Love the new header....mmmmm paste.

Suzie said...

I just sent my son to preschool this year. and the day before I was crying....and he said....Mommy are you crying because you are going to miss me when I go to preschool tomorrow. How cute is he?

Love the pics of your daughter. :) Hope she (and you) had a great day at preschool.

I'm Julie said...

3 of my 4 start school this week. It just never gets any easier to watch them hoist that backpack onto their backs.

planetnomad said...

On Elliot's first day of preschool, he walked in, took one look around, and said, "Bye Mom!" A little wave, obviously hoping I'd get the hint and just leave, and he was off to play. He never looked back.
I, on the other hand, was traumatized.
I foresee something similar in your future. But I love her look. She will own that preschool. You have been holding her back. ;)

Stu said...

I am guessing you have prepared her well for the rest of her life. You may not be prepared for this but she is.

-Stu

iloveupstate.com said...

She is rockin' that necklace. Accessories love her.

Amy the Mom said...

Hold tight to that memory, Melanie. I took my son to his first day of high school today, and did my best not to embarass him by crying on the way or sobbing when I dropped him off. The waterworks were spared, until I was two traffic lights away. My baby is a sophomore. WAAAAAHHHHH!!!!

heartfull said...

The little milestones are the hardest!

She'll love it though. And you'll enjoy your one-on-one with her brother.

lapoflux said...

Good luck... it's harder for the mama then the baby (apparently - then I play the what if game)
And enjoy the sibling love fest when she gets home - my two were actually kissing each other yesterday.

Nora Bee said...

Oh, sweetie. (You, not Ellie)
I hope it went well. I nearly die every week sending Hugo to day care, but half the time he is like, bye bye! And off to play.

family-of-five said...

oh, tears. you gave me little tears. these are big moments, melanie, and you capture them so prettily.

stephanie (bad mom) said...

Oh it is too much. I know it's backward & silly, but I want my children to stop growing up (and away).

It occurred to me when Mason left for his first day of 5th grade that next year, he will be in middle school. NO, I say!

It's such a parental conundrum - we want them to be capable individuals but it's so comforting to have them need us so much...

Deep breath, friend :)