Many parents are probably asking themselves that question right now. Do I really have a 3rd grader and a kindergartener???? How did this happen??? I know I have always heard how fast your child’s childhood goes but this is ridiculous. I vividly remember Ian as a newborn 8.5 years ago and the same with Kaylee 6 years ago. Now I have two big kids who could pretty much get ready in the mornings with little to no assistance. (“could” being the operative word) I am really just the time-keeper for when the bus is coming. Which is 8:27 am this year.
Tonight when tucking them into bed I was amazed at how tall they are getting and then how little they both still are. Ian with his crazy bigger permanent teeth that are finally starting to make a little sense. Thank God his jaw is growing!! And then Miss Kaylee with 3 wiggly teeth that are going to go anytime. Those baby teeth we worked so hard to get will betray me and just fall out. She was a terrible teether. (actually all my Wooldridges have been) Then she will enter the world of small jaw versus big teeth and that seems unreal to me.
Then tonight it hit me in the hallowed halls of Alexander Doniphan that I am not that worried parent. I am not nervous about sending them off into the great unknown. I know that this is the right step in growing up and learning more. I am excited to greet them at 3:56 pm (bus time if it isn’t late the first day or two) and hear all about their first day. Their Gigi/Grammie (yes she is one person but with two specially given names) and Papa are coming to greet them too for the news of the day and the pandemonium that will follow.
Not saying it won’t be a little emotional on Wednesday morning but I am so thrilled for each of them and I know this is going to be a fantastic year. I will continue praying for them and the path that God has for each of our big kids.
Anyone care to share how they feel about their kids going back to school??? (commenting is encouraged 🙂 )