The day has come. The day that I’ve been nervous, sad, overwhelmed, excited for has finally arrived; my son’s first day of school. I’ve had all these feelings building up over the past few months anticipating a whole new milestone for my whole family. Doubts in my head, worried that my child would not know what to do, not know how to handle things that I usually help him out with daily, would all pile into my head at night. So atlas, the day arrived, my son went off to his first day of school.
Anticipating a meltdown or a scared little boy, I was expecting the worst. Fear that I hadn’t prepared him enough for this day, questioning whether this was the right school all came to a sudden halt when I saw my son standing in line for school to start, turned around and gave me a huge hug, smile and wave, “bye mom! Love you!” At that moment all my emotions became calm and realized that I did it, I made it to the day, where I would send my child off to school. I’m not going to lie, I did watch the clock tick every hour, waiting to go pick him up, wanting to know how he did, what he did, if he was ok, again fear set into me that what if he cried all day? Then, as I pulled up to pick him up, saw his smiling face shinning bright, and the words “I had a great day, school is fun!” come out of his mouth, in that instant those fears disappeared.
Children are amazing and they can do amazing things. While it’s hard for me to let him go, I’m so proud of him, happy for him, and look forward to hearing how his days were spent. I am so relieved that this day went smoothly with no tears (except a few from mom) and can’t wait to see how he will progress the rest of the school year!