I cannot believe it, but my baby started Kindergarten! She was so excited, she could hardly wait. She told me that she didn't need me to walk into school with her, she already knew how to get to her class, etc., but I told her that all the moms walk in with their kids on the first day and I really wanted to walk her in today. She reluctantly agreed and in we went. Maggie was so excited, too and wanted to walk in with us. So we all went in and waited outside Hallie's classroom. Hallie was bopping around, talking about school and getting so excited and then all of a sudden, she buried her head into my legs and said that she didn't want to go. She wanted to go home with me and Maggie. She started to cry and I felt so bad. I didn't want her to be scared, or to be sad, but she was. I wasn't prepared for it b/c she had been so happy all along. I held strong for her and sent her in drying her tears. When I walked out of the building, I lost it. I was sad for her. I was sad that she was growing up and that she had to be somewhere where she was nervous and scared and I couldn't be there to reassure her. Luckily when I picked her up, she was all smiles and couldn't wait to tell me all about her day. She even wanted to go back the next day. Today, on her third day, is the day that I have been sad. She is gone for such a long time and I really miss her. Today I wish she was three and we had all of the time in the word together. But, I, too will put on my brave face and be happy that she has such great opportunities. To my sweet Hallie . . . . I love you!
A reporter from the newspaper was there and caught this picture of Hallie. This was right about the moment that she was getting sad. It turned out to be in the paper yesterday! Hallie was so excited about it and couldn't wait to show it to everyone. What a great thing to have to remember the emotions of that first day!