A nudge out of the nest

Dear Emmy Gracie Girl –

Tonight while tucking you in I said, “When you wake up you’ll be a kindergartener!”
And you told me, “Mama, I’m just too excited to go to sleep.”

Of course not even ten minutes later, I was not surprised to see that you were, in fact, sound asleep.

As I watched you sleeping, dreaming of your exciting day tomorrow, I realized – whew, we did it! We made it to possibly the biggest milestone of your short five years of life. I also realized that after nurturing and protecting you under my “wing” for these past five years, tomorrow is the day we have to let you “fly.”

I know you went to preschool, but maybe because it wasn’t mandatory, or part of a “school system,” it kind of felt like we just dropped you off for a playdate, or a craft class, a few times a week.

But kindergarten! Tomorrow is really the first day of what will (hopefully) be a very successful school career. It is a big step for you, and a big step for mommy, too.

I’m so very excited for you. I cannot wait to watch you learn and satisfy that never-ending curiosity of yours. I just know this year is going to be so fantastic for you.

Test your wings, little birdy.

Love you,

Em in the grass


9 Responses to “A nudge out of the nest”

  1. 2 carey September 4, 2008 at 4:32 am

    she is going to do fantastic! (and so are you!!!)

  2. 3 Becky September 4, 2008 at 4:50 am

    Oh, what a big girl she is. I hope her first day is a fantastic day! I’ll get to posting about Emilee’s first day right after the little guy and I take a nap. πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!!

  3. 4 Aunt Vicki September 4, 2008 at 6:14 am

    Carrie — you have done it again — moved me to tears! I have had you on my mind and heart a lot these last few days thinking about Emma starting school. But I love your attitude and trying to see it from here perspecitve. It might not be easy — but it is good and she will love it! Hope you will have a great day after you drop her off — and you will be picking her up again before you know it. Love to all of you — Aunt Vicki

  4. 5 thelandofka September 4, 2008 at 7:05 am

    Wowee! You now have a grade-schooler! I bet she was super excited and hope she has a wonderful first day at school. Beautiful shot of your big girl – She’s just too pretty. πŸ™‚

  5. 6 MelodyA. September 4, 2008 at 9:37 am

    She’s gonna fly far.

  6. 7 amenthree September 4, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Check your phone, I tried to call you. How did it go?

    Congratulations, Gracie Girl! I can’t believe you and Madey are going to kindergarten. I am so excited to watch you over the next few years as you “spread your wings”, like Mama said, and grow to be all that you can. I love you, Emma.
    Aunt Meesh

  7. 8 Colleen September 6, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    I’m so late to post…. but I still have to say… beautiful post. Such a huge step. Kindergarten… wow!

  8. 9 Christina September 7, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Shoot, Carrie, darn you for making me cry when I’m supposed to be resting! Beautiful post. Your little birdie will fly far and wide.

    P.S. She. is. gorgeous!

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