Tuesday, September 8, 2009

This Is It

Today is our final day before the Little One begins a long, illustrious school career, starting with three half days a week.

I feel that I've blogged endlessly about this approaching milestone (and if I feel that way, I can't imagine what you readers must think of all this pre-preschool angst of mine!). As promised, it has finally arrived.

So on this Pre-Preschool Eve, I will do what I can to make the day special. I'll make her favorite breakfast. We'll play with her best friend. I will leave the crackberry at home. I will try with every part of me to be present for her on this day. And in a good mood.

It isn't so much for her that I will do these things; of course, she'll enjoy doing all of her favorite things. It's more for me. The first day of school, that's her day. Everything will be new and exciting and outrageously liberating.

But Pre-Preschool Eve is a day more savored by a Mama. Today is the last day of what is. Tomorrow is the beginning of what's to come. Tomorrow, she's off to new adventures of her own. New friends and so many wonderful discoveries that she must make on her own.

But today is just for us. Today is Mama and Little One playing our Greatest Hits of the last three years. Today, she's still just mine.

I want to savor every last second of it.

3 comments:

Kate said...

Made me cry, this one. It's lovely.

Ruth said...

I love how you have captured this moment in time. If you are anything like me, after a while you will forget exactly how momentous this felt. My 2-year-old just started preschool one morning a week, but as the third child, the moment I dropped her off lacked the dramatic feelings of the first. Maybe because she has already done drop in day care with her brothers, maybe because I was rushing off to take the firstborn to his Spanish class.
To my credit I did remember to take the all-important "first day of school" photos.

Meaghan said...

She did it! I did it! We both survived. Her first day was a huge success.

We'll have to wait and see how next week goes, but I'm optimistic.