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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Kindergarden Confidence

Robin, mom to Chloe posted this on our T21online board. I love this, as it captures the essence of sending your child to Kindergarten for ALL moms.

I left Chloe in the lunch room this morning with her aide. I had to keep my sunglasses on to hide my tears as I said good-bye. I watched from the parking lot as she walked to class. I felt like I was leaving my heart behind.

Three and a half hours later, I was at the classroom door, waiting for my baby to come out. When the door opened, my baby wasn't there. Instead, I saw an adorable little girl, with a spring in her step, her head held high, full of confidence and pride and grinning from ear to ear. It was my Chloe, growing up before my eyes. She went hunting for her backpack and acted like she'd been in kindergarten her whole life. I don't know if the teacher and aide had a good day, but I know that Chloe had a GREAT day!

What a difference a day makes. It was a memory that I will cherish forever.


Shannon **Gabi's Mom** said...

Somehow I missed that post, but it certainly was beautiful!