It is really hard to believe this day is here. It is a day I have looked forward to for a long time, even though it comes with so much bittersweet emotion. At first I would look forward to putting all the kids on the bus on those days when I struggled with being a stay at home mom...and those days were many. Now for the past few months being pregnant, this first day is not just a bit of respite, but also a marker that my pregnancy will be coming to an end. And that I will begin this journey all over again.
Of course, sending kids to school is not the end of parenting. But I can say those first few years of raising a child are definitely the most exhausting and demanding...and in many ways perhaps the most important. Watching them climb those bus stairs confident and excited, heading into the world...knowing this is just the beginning of their journey...that's pretty incredibly rewarding. Prepping kids to go off into the world without me, that's what this is all about. The way I parent my kids is with this in mind--that the goal is a well adjusted, responsible, independent member of society. Eventually.
But thankfully, for now, they will come back home in the afternoon.