Early morning, the sun shining, the birds chirping and the wind whispers as the leaves dance to the rhythm.
It's the first day of school.
I don't know why but I was restless last night. I couldn't condition myself to sleep.
It's that transition from summer schedule that was difficult to adjust to.
As I prepare the day's breakfast, I was reminded that "every day is a milestone, every moment is a chance to make lasting memories."
But what affects us most as parents is that our child will be making plenty of memories - where we won't be in it.
This morning, when my youngest (of four children) stepped into High School, I wasn't sure what to feel. I've done this three times before so this should be easy. Letting go should be a piece of cake.
But there I was teary-eyed.
I was happy and excited for the new opportunities and new discoveries but I was sad that time passed so quickly and that with a blink of an eye, my home will be an empty nest.
My youngest and I shared our days together. When he was born, I became a full time stay-at-home mom. There were a lot of sacrifices we had to make but we made it happen. I didn't realize how important it was for my son until he wrote on my birthday card,
"Mom, as my three siblings leave home, there's one person who I know will always be there. I am thankful that when I come home from school, I know that you'll be home, too."
After 9 years of walking to school from Kindergarten to 8th grade, High School provides a chance to spend more time together. The drive to the High School is something I look forward to. Not because of the long route we take to avoid the traffic, but the conversations with my son give me additional quality time to discuss topics, to listen, to exchange ideas - to learn from each other.
It definitely is a new beginning. It's another roller coaster ride.
Good luck to all the parents and students - here's to a productive and fabulous school year!