My girls went back to school yesterday.
It brings me JOY.. and it also makes me a little bit sad. I remember all those years I dreamed of having a baby, and in my own naiveté, I thought those toddler years would last forever. But I blinked, and my girls have grown up overnight.
We celebrated so many firsts when they were little… their first giggle, their first bite of real food, their first steps… then came their first days of school… losing their first teeth…
And now those “firsts” are becoming fewer and farther between. With one in 7th grade, and the other in 9th grade, I had to literally beg them for a first-day-of-school picture. Gone are the days of them running to give me hugs when they get off the school bus, or them wanting to tell me all about their day. I feel them trying to pull away from me and it is hard.
But this time at our back-to-school night, I witnessed another first…
My oldest, who normally hides behind me- afraid to speak to anyone; she actually introduced herself to all of her teachers- on her own! And then she even asked them important questions- like about testing and whether they accepted late work. And for the first time, I watched her beam with confidence as she walked down the hallways, waving and smiling at her friends.
My oldest was adulting… and it was one of my proudest “mom” moments yet! Those little girl days may be a fading memory, but growing up is a good thing!
When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.
1 Corinthians 13:11