Hayley is, and always will be, my baby girl. Which is why today was filled with mixed emotions: I was excited for her to begin her formal academic journey yet selfishly missing her while she was away. Last year we wrestled every morning after putting Skye and Jenna on the bus. Today the house was eerily quiet. I missed my little buddy, Hayley.
Before leaving for work this morning Kirsten had insured the girls’ backpacks and lunches were ready to go. Sadly, she had to leave too early to be able to watch her little girl ride off to school on that big yellow school bus. She made sure to leave her camera out and had me promise to capture the moment.
Hayley has been looking forward to going to school and this morning was especially giddy with excitement, as expected. She had been through her academic and physical evaluations (and was told by her teacher that she was the smartest kid in her class). She has watched her sisters return from school every afternoon for years and was ready for it to be her turn. She already knows how to read and do basic arithmetic, but she really wanted to make new friends and play on the playground.
Today she ate french toast in the classroom and went to gym. She said gym was her favorite part of the day even though she didn’t get to participate (she had forgotten her sneakers). She said what they were doing looked like fun, anyways. On recess she played tag with her friends Joey and Marinda (our neighbors). Her teacher is Mrs. Arnold.
She also went to music where they listened to different instruments to know what each sounds like. Unfortunately she didn’t get to show everybody how good she is at math or reading. There’s always tomorrow.
She loved her day and is excited to return tomorrow.
I’m going to miss spending time with my baby, my little buddy. But I’m glad for this new chapter in her life.