Hayley Goes to School


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.

Skye, Hayley, and Jenna on Hayley's first day of kindergarten.

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 was very excited as she walked to the bus for her first day of kindergarten.

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.

Hayley's first day of school.

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.

Hayley deboards the schoolbus after her first day of kindergarten.

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.

4 Replies to “Hayley Goes to School”

  1. What a gorgeous story.

    Michaela is so looking forward to starting school next year too (of course down here our school year and calendar year are, like, the same, because our summer holidays are over the New Year period).


    “insured the girls’ backpacks and lunches were ready to go”

    Shouldn’t it be “ensured”?

  2. @Steven – I never know which to use. According to Answers.com they are kind of interchangeable. Perhaps I should get with the times.

    Although ensure and insure are generally interchangeable, only insure is now widely used in American English in the commercial sense of “to guarantee persons or property against risk.”

    I’m surprised you made a fuss about my use of the word “ensure” but didn’t mention the completely made-up word “selfishlessly”. 🙂

  3. LOL.

    In my planet, “insure” is generally understood to have the meaning you referred to, and “ensure” is understood to mean “make certain”. Might be a regional thing. Or whatever.

  4. That’s funny. I was thinking the same thing as Steven when I read your word, “insure.” I mentally wanted to change it to “ensure.”

    Anyway, this whole sending Hayley off to school was difficult for me. I was so upset that I had to work and I didn’t get to see her board the bus and bid her goodbye.

    Thanks so much Brent for taking the pictures. When I got home from work and asked Hayley about her first day at school she told me she didn’t need to tell me about it because “Daddy already took a video of me talking about my day.” Ha ha! When I first went to look at all the pictures, I have to admit I cried. I definitely have mixed feelings about our youngest being in school now. I’m proud and excited for her, but it’s hard letting her go…I already miss her. The house has been wicked quiet lately!

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