7:15 a.m. Mama! The sun's awake, it's time to get going! I got my big girl school today!!
7:21 a.m. Mom? Is it time to go yet? I'm ready to rumble! I can't waita my big girl school.
7:49 a.m. Mom! Mom! I want a waffle - but don't forget my peanut butter sandwhich. I want it shaped like a heart and I wanta keep it in my princess lunch box and I wanta eat it at big girl school.
8:39 a.m. Mmmm. Mmmmm. Mom? I think I wanta wear my purple leggins. Yeah. Purple. NO! No, I wanta my pink leggins Mama. Pink leggins be perfect for big girl school.
8:51 a.m. Mom?! Let's go outside and get some pictures. I no stand in the sun and I smile at the camera for big girl school. I bring my school bag and lunch box to take pictures?
9:12 a.m. Mom? It's timeta go to my big girl school. It finally time. You ready to rumble, Mama?
In the car:
9:16 a.m. Mama? This the way to my big girl school? Miss Sue be there? She wears duckie earrings.
9:18 a.m. Mom you no stay with me at big girl school, right? I go all by myself? You not going to be there, right?
9:25 a.m. I use my manners today. I play with new friends and use the potty and drink from the water foutain and I agonna listen, Mama.
9:28 a.m. Mom why we waiting in this line? Is this the line to go into school? I go in all by myself right? You no stay, I do it by myself.
9:31 a.m. Bye Mom! I see you soon! Love you! Bye Mom!!
9:32 a.m. Away she walks. Tote bag over one shoulder, almost as big as her. I watched her in the mirror as I drove out of the parking lot. Off she walked toward class, and then she paused for a second, looked over her shoulder, found me, shrugged, waved and marched off to school. Without a second thought.
And then, at 9:33 a.m. I found myself alone and crying. Yet again.
*Catch the cat in the background of the last picture? In every first day of school picture I have, from six years old on, my mutt, Chemo, was faithfully watching through the front door. You know seeing our silly cat do the same struck a cord with me...