September 26, 2007 by Stephen
Today, my oldest daughter, Annie, said she didn’t want to go to school. She said this as we were walking to school. We never broke stride and after hugging and kissing me at the school entrance, she went inside and walked to her classroom. Whatever made her not want to go to school must not have been too bad. When I picked her up today, she said she had a good day. When I asked her if she was glad she went to school she said yes. When I asked her why she didn’t want to go this morning she said she just didn’t. Isn’t that the way we are sometimes with the things in our lives?
Annie is in Kindergarten. She started school on July 30 – her school is on an alternative schedule. She loves school! In fact, today was the first time she ever mentioned not wanting to go to school. Annie being in Kindergarten is a monumental life passage. I have the privilege and joy of being able to walk her to school every morning. Along the way, we talk, usually about what she might do that day or about big things coming up. We always say a prayer on our way to school. It’s tough as a parent to watch your kids grow up. Moments like these are exciting and sad! The excitement comes from the possibilities of the future for Annie. The sadness comes from the realization that Annie is no longer spending her days at home learning from Mommy. Kids grow up so fast!
Randa and Annie at the special lunch we had together before Annie started school.
Annie ready to leave the house for the first day of school!
Annie sitting at her table on the first day of Kindergarten!