Today is a bittersweet day for me as a mom. It's LiviGirl's 1st day of Jr. High. On one hand, I love to watch her grow & learn & experience life, but on the other hand, I'm also so sad to send her back to school & lose having her around the house with me all the time.
I know some parents are all "I CANNOT wait to send my kid(s) back to school!" but that has never been me. I miss her like crazy when she's gone. I always go through a depressed period when she heads back.
6 yrs. That's how long from right now I have before I'm moving her to college. It sounds like a lot, but not when I think about how quickly the 1st 12-1/2 yrs have went.
Parenting is not always easy. In fact, it's downright hard as heck some days. But it is the greatest joy in my life. And, considering I feel like I'm pretty blessed, that's saying something. :)
Since LiviGirl was born I've always tried to cherish each moment & live IN the moment (not wishing her life away by saying "oh, if only she was 2 or 5 or 10...") That has served me well. So, today, I'll cherish her 1st day of Jr. High & all the nerves & jitters that goes with it. And, tonight, I'll be uber glad to see her walk through the front door with all kinds of stories of the 1st day back chaos. :)
Happy 1st day of school, LiviGirl! Love you!