This was my experience last week, as I fought back tears and learned how to let go just a little bit.
This week, I sent Grace off into the world, at least for half a day.
And, though she did go to pre-school last year, the thought of sending her off to kindergarten was very emotional for me.
To feel less like we were sending Grace into the world alone, we decided to buy her a heart shaped locket. A locket that contains a (very tiny) picture of me and of her daddy.
The hope, we explained to her, was that if she ever felt sad, lonely or upset, while at school, she could look at her locket and know that she is not alone.
So, with her heart shaped locket on, off to kindergarten we walked, hand in hand.
When we arrived at the school, Grace quietly and bravely left my side and joined the other excited kindergarteners.
Though my heart was breaking, I was so proud of this sweet little girl of mine.
I waited outside the kindergarten window, until I saw her take her seat. I could have stayed there all day but I knew she was ready so, I quietly and bravely walked home.
When I saw her at pick up, my heart was so full of love and appreciation for my brave girl. We walked home and splashed in puddles. She gushed about her day and I realized...
It's official, Grace is a kindergartener.
And, we both survived.