Our daughter recently started her second year at her elementary school. Last year, it was starting school; this year, it’s back to school.
Last year at this time, in a post entitled “Fast Forward to Present: Kindergarten”, dated September 30, 2010, I talked about (see excerpt below) how grown up she seemed to be able to head off to school for the first time. She was ready and grown up enough then, of course.
Last month, my daughter started Kindergarten. She started Kindergarten? How is that possible? My wife and I wife have watched her grow from Baby Girl to Little Girl to Big Girl. She is growing up so fast and so well. We are so proud of the responsible, increasingly self sufficient person she is becoming. She is ready, excited and having fun at school.
What a difference a year makes. While being ready, confident and excited a year ago, her readiness, confidence, and excitement are a magnitude higher today. Gone is most of her nervousness and uncertainty. She’s been there, done that, and is ready for a whole new set of challenges.
She’s taken a boy from the neighborhood, who did not ride the bus last year, under her wing on the bus. She’s pleased to see old friends again. She’s happy about making new friends. She was thrilled to meet her new teacher, but still stops by to see her teacher last year for a hug almost every day.