Today marked A's first day of kindergarten!!
I had mixed emotions the whole day because I just wasn't sure what all this would bring, what emotions I would feel, would I cry or not. And the truth is, it was a little hard for me, and I did cry a little bit this morning. But she did SO well, and she absolutely LOVED it. I am incredibly glad that it went well for her.
A is my baby, and I always knew this day would be hard because I'd be essentially sending her off into the world. As we drove to school, I told her how much I would miss her, and she told me she didn't want me to cry. But I did a little bit as I said goodbye to her at school. I missed her. She has been my little sidekick since she was born, and has spent the most time with me by herself than any of the other kids did. I took loads of pictures of her at school, and of all the kids this morning, as is tradition in this house!
What really bothered me is that Barry missed this. One more milestone, come and gone without him. It hurts, and it stings to see the other dads there with their wives, picking up the kids or dropping them off for their first day. I wish I could take that away from her. I did tell her however, that daddy would be SO proud of her, and that he was in her heart today with her as she started school (2nd time that my eyes welled up today!). He would have loved to be there for her...It just breaks my heart that he missed such an important day for her.
And as I type this, I find my eyes welling up again, for the fourth time today actually. Wishing so badly I could tell Barry about her first day of school, send him the pictures. Tell him that the twins are in 5th grade!!! FIFTH GRADE already!! That just blows my mind...and E already in 4th. That three of our children are the tallest in their classes, and quite possibly grades too. He would be beaming from ear to ear, he loved our kids so much.
I just wish I could tell him.