Maddy is tucked into bed. A solid purple polo shirt, navy skort and little white socks are laid out on her bedroom floor. Her lunch is made and her backpack is packed.
Tomorrow is one of those milestone days. A day not likely to stand out to her in the years and years of first days of school to come. It’s funny such a milestone day – the first day of years of schooling – will probably not stand out to her but I know it will stand out to me. The process of getting ready for kindergarten is bittersweet for a mom. Excitement for whats to come for her mixed with longing for those sweet moments of the past.
Maddy is excited. I’m excited too. I’m not worried about how she’ll do. Not one bit. She’s outgoing and smart. She’s excited to learn and happy to go to school. I’m just a little confused at how the last five years passed so quickly. I know the next five will speed by in a blink too. Probably even faster than the last five. Once her second day rolls around sadness will dissipate. It’ll just be that first day that will be so bittersweet. Greatness is in store for my girl with the sparkling personality and blue eyes to match.
Will I cry tomorrow morning? Yes, I’m sure I will. I’ll plaster a huge grin on my face until she’s out off view and then I’m sure the lump in my throat will win out and the tears will flow. The bittersweet tears only a mom knows.