Little went back to preschool today. She was teary-eyed as I walked her to her room. But as soon as we walked in and she saw her friends, things changed. Amy said, “It’s Little!” and Little replied, “I will give you hugs now” and walked over to hug her “long lost” friends. They went off together and she never looked back.
I read an article today about a lady taking her daughter to college and how she has been preparing her for that since she was two days old. How she is thankful for her readiness. How she sat in her daughter’s empty room and cried for an hour after returning home.
There is something about the fact that both my children walked away and didn’t need to look back that is sad and something very satisfying. I want them to grow to be independent. There is something equally WONDERFUL about the fact that each RAN to me when I went to pick them up! Both gave me big hugs. Little even said, “Let’s go find Bubba.” See, I want them to be independent AND I want them to value family. Maybe today is a sign of a good start.