She finished her breakfast in a timely fashion, survived leaving the house without watching "her shows", and we arrived to school on time. All three were small victories in my book.
We took the obligatory first day of school picture in front of the house because I knew Gramma Poke would be disappointed in me if we didn't. Shortcake and Punkin spontaneously embraced for one priceless picture and I just about lost it.
She smiled and said good morning to everyone who made eye contact with her. I don't think I've ever seen her more excited.
I fought back tears the entire drive and came dangerously close to losing it as we walked hand-in-hand toward the front door. My friend Jill saved me from certain tears with a big wave from across the parking lot. Her enthusiasm for Shortcake starting school reminded me how awesome this is going to be for my little girl.
She dashed toward the door; I pulled her back and made her give me a hug. I put a picture of the four of us in her backpack in case she started to miss home. I'm fairly certain she didn't need it.
The bus delivered her to the babysitter just after 3 pm as promised. Reports were that she stepped off the bus with a big smile on her face.
P.E. was the highlight of her day. She says she can't wait to "learn new stuff tomorrow" with Mr. Painter.
She got to give the first answer at circle time (the question: how did you get to school?), sang songs in music, and played with her friend Annabelle at recess.
She met a new friend named Chloe.
She didn't have time to finish her lunch (no surprise to her mother), but she did make sure to eat all of her sandwich. She asked if I would save the uneaten chocolate chip cookie for next time.
My favorite quote about the school day in review: "I had fun, but it was a really long day. I hope tomorrow's not going to be that long". I didn't have the heart to tell she's got thirteen years worth of days like today. I'll let her figure that out on her own.
She's ready to go back tomorrow and this time she's going to get lunch on a tray. The graham crackers sold her.
My heart is finally at ease knowing - and truly believing - that she's going to be just fine.