It is that time of year when thousands of children around the country get dressed in their best clothes, don their giant backpacks and prepare for the year ahead. Meanwhile, aside from those first time moms and dads, the parents are saying a silent cheer for the saved daycare funds or peace at home.
I, like many other mothers faced the first day of Kindergarten this year. My son proudly carried his giant Bakugan backpack on his shoulders and strutted into the classroom with the utmost confidence. I was surprised at what I saw there, or rather what I didn’t see there. Of all of the kids seeing their first day of grade school, very few seemed to be clinging to mommy or daddy. Very few sobbed or shed a tear. In fact, those brave little people were ready for all that was thrown at them and welcomed it with open arms. So, while there remains a portion of me that feels that today’s society is expecting too much of kids at too early an age, today I find myself wondering if all of that preschool, pre-kindergarten, and organized athletics is, in fact, allowing them all to find their own unique voices a little sooner.
I, like all other mothers, will remember this day fondly, will save the pictures in an album, and will reminisce with him on the day he graduates, but I was very proud of my little boy for not showing any hesitation. I take pride in the fact that he did not cling or cry and I, as a result, was able to achieve the same. I will always remember the confident little voice saying, “Bye mom, I love you too” as I walked out of the classroom on his very first day of Kindergarten. Congratulations to all the little ones taking their first step into the giant world this month and may their voices be loud and proud forever forward.
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