|First Day of School, 2014|
Putting my love of the Montessori classroom aside, there's a little part of me that is sad today. That same ache that I had on Lilly's very first day is back. I know it's the next step and that Lilly is ready, but last night, I overheard a little conversation between Lilly and Hannah, when Lilly took Hannah aside and said: "I'm going to be a lunch buncher now Hannah, so you won't get to see me very much during the day. But don't worry, I'll be home to play on weekends. And Jack will be home to play with you during the day but only until Christmas and then he's coming to school with me. And then you'll get to come to school one day too..." At which point she lost Hannah's attention and went back to getting ready for bed. It was lighthearted and she was so happy when she was chatting to her, but it was a moment where I had to hold back tears.
Today, I miss my little chatty friend, who even though she usually has quiet time while the other two are napping, manages to find a way to ask me 32652039 questions. I miss hearing her singing from the basement while she plays by herself and creates villages and picnics and tea parties. I know Lilly is having a wonderful day at school, and will probably come home at 3:00 with most of her lunch still in her lunch box because she was too busy talking to her friends to eat, but I still have a lump in my throat.
|Lilly, ready for Kindergarten soccer.|
So now, I have some quiet time of my own, before Jack and Hannah wake up and we pick Lilly up from school. We're going to pick up Peter, one of her very best friends, and all go and have ice cream together, with some special ice cream money sent all the way from Singapore from Uncle Edward. Lilly doesn't know this yet, so I can't wait to see her face when we tell her. It's the perfect surprise for her first full day as a lunch buncher!
|Waiting at the bus stop in the morning with some of the neighborhood children. We do it every morning before getting in the car and going to school!|
|Another morning at the bus stop.|