My baby starts Kindergarten in 13 days, 1 hour and 12 minutes.

I actually started crying in the school office when I dropped off his birth certificate and registration forms yesterday.  I stood there blubbering and the school’s registrar smiled.  Apparently I’m not the only mom who gets choked up at the idea of kindergarten.

I’m not actually sad about it– how could I be when he wakes up every morning asking me how many days, hours and minutes until the first day of school?– but I am feeling very nostalgic.  I know it sounds trite, but the days have literally flown by and suddenly my Joey– the baby who has made me laugh, smile and cry every day since he was born– is old enough to go to school.

And now I’m starting to wonder:  Is he ready?  I’m actually not concerned about his math or reading or science skills– those will come– but is he ready to go off every day and to show God’s love with everything he does?  A big prayer for a five-year-old, but how could I as a parent expect anything less?

Time will tell.

Is anyone else feeling nostalgic about school starting?



  1. I remember that feeling. And my “baby”, who was also Joey, is now 22 and leaving for grad school next week. The time does fly. My son was also waiting eagerly for the first day of school. Of course I was waiting in the yard on the first day of school when the bus dropped him off, and he comes running up to me, arms wide open, and exclaims “THAT WAS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE, MOM!”

  2. We are in the same boat. Dillon starts Kindergarten one week from today. I am very sentimental and nostalgic, and I dealt with a lot of these emotions when he graduated from 4K. Last night, I shopped for school supplies and it was actually fun. What has come over me? I think it helps that I’m excited about his teacher, and I’m super excited about (once the 2-year-old starts preschool) having actual “office hours” to work on my book. So while I’m sad my baby is growing up, I think I’m ready for the change. But this is so *not* my nature! :)

  3. Congratulations on kindergarten, and I love that he’s anticipating that first day. I also love your prayer that he will be ‘salt & light’ to his schoolmates.

    I’ve got one headed off to her second year of college in a couple of weeks, and her younger brother and I will be launching into another year of homeschooling – 10th grade.

  4. I’m even feeling nostalgic about Joey going to school! If I feel that way with my nephew I’m gonna be a little nuts with my own kiddos:)

  5. I feel for you…I cried, sobbed and slightly bawled when my first went off to Kinder. It was a hard one for sure-especially when others were telling me that once kids hit their school age years, times flies even faster. That certainly didn’t help matters.

    Advice? Bring some tissues and know that it’s totally okay to fully experience the emotion that WILL creep up that day. I brought my camera to document everything about it (and it also provided me the opp to hide behind something so no one would see my “ugly-cry”).

    Hang in there.

    I, too will be blogging about my kiddos as they head back to school next week. It’s been a long summer and while I love the heck out of them, I do look forward to my sanity being restored. :)

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