If you’re a mom about to bid adieu to your little one as they climb aboard that big yellow heartbreaker for the very first time, I wish you well. I have no idea what it’s actually going to be like watching my son get on the bus to head to Kindergarten for the first time, but I do know it’s not going to be easy if I’m crying about it now and he’s only 21 months old.
We read a few books every night at bedtime, and lately, our favorite book has been “Best Baby Ever” by David Milgrim. In it, the parents are mesmerized as their baby grows from his first smile until ultimately, they watch him get on the school bus for the very first time with tears in their eyes. I’m telling you, I’ve read this book probably every night at least once, for the last couple of months. Yet, tonight, I couldn’t hold it back. It seems like just yesterday when I had my little 7 lb 7 oz newborn baby boy. He’s already grown so fast and if time continues to fly like this, I’ll soon be watching a five-year-old get on the bus.
My voice starts to shake as I continue to read this particular night; but I toughen up and tell the story until the end without my son noticing my voice choking up. I conclude as I wipe the tears from my face that Kindergarten is a long way off, and I’m going to enjoy every single minute with my baby until then. But, really, I know it’s just right around the corner…on the corner some of you’ll be standing on this month.
In so many ways we can’t wait to see our children grow into the people they are going to be; yet we want to keep them little. Hug your little Kindergartner before they get on that bus and enjoy that moment for what it is. A milestone. A treasured memory. And if you find yourself lost in a quiet house, go treat yourself to a hot stone massage!