Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Mommy's little princess

The first time I left Dimples at a daycare, she cried and screamed and held on to my leg as if never to let go. In the car, I sat and cried before driving away.

This happened for a few weeks. I cried every day.

But one day, she didn’t even notice that I left. I kept looking through the window at my baby busy playing with the toys, in the daycare lady’s arms.

That day, I cried the most.

With time, she grew up into a big girl and I grew used to her being one. Or so I thought.

Today a chilly morning woke me up to the end of summer. It was Dimples' first day of pre-K.

She went to her new classroom, shook hands with her new teacher and sat down at a little desk. I took a few pictures, gave her a few kisses (okay, more than a few) and left the room. As I waved to her from the doorway, she waved back.

And with a big smile, she whispered, 'I'll see you later.'

No screaming, no crying, no pulling at my leg - she would see me later.

But I did not cry today.

Maybe because here's what I made her wear to school. And she loved it. So maybe there is still some time before she turns completely into a big girl.

And that is a good, warm feeling.


  1. I know exactly where you are coming from...I just did K with my daughter and Pre-K with my son and this is the FIRST time for both of them to be away from me...I didn't send daughter to Pre-K....I held my own and didn't cry though

  2. I so needed to read this today. My boys just started K and 1st grade today and while there were no tears from them, I cried a little inside. My babies are so grown up now. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  3. I love the shirt. Elliot went through that whole crying jag yesterday when we took her to school She cried the entire three hours she was there. We're trying again tomorrow, fingers crossed.

    It's hard to let them cry like that but I know it's going to make her a stronger, more independent person. Good luck with preschool, it sounds fun!

  4. I just did the same thing last week. Why do they have to grow so fast? It hardly seems fair.

  5. Ahhh, that is so cute. She's getting more comfortable and KNOWS you'll pick her up at the end of the day. I love that.

    Thanks a million for your kind comment about my More.com feature.

  6. Cute Shirt. You should also be proud of yourself for teaching her so well.

  7. She loved it! That's great. Enjoy it while it lasts.