As mothers we are focused on providing everything for our children. We are responsible for their happiness, for pointing out the beauty around them, for showing them the simple things like brushing their teeth, and the not so simple like being brave.... we teach them to say hi with a smile (because beauty comes from within), we want them how to be confident, generous, kind, respectful human beings.... And then comes that first day of school, whether it is daycare or kindergarten or whatever you choose that first day to be... and only then you realize that really what you´ve been teaching your child is to live life beyond yourself!
And so no matter if it is your first child, or your last little one, that first day will surely make you nervous, and will make you want to hold time still, just for a little bit more! And you take pictures in your mind and with your camera... pictures that will forever be embedded in your soul.
So there we go, hand in hand, to a world new to her, I hold her hand tight and then I realize that I am the one holding on tight to that little hand, she is the one leading the way, reassuring me that life is good, that she´ll be ok, that I can let her go!
And so, without shedding a tear for her mama, she walks into a classroom full of her new friends, the ones that will laugh and cry and live with her for the next 15 years or so, eager to be happy.... am left alone outside the classroom, with mom friends to make myself because I am also in it for the next 15 years. They will also be my friends, although it will be more difficult for us to be friends and like each other, but we will because together we will see the miracle of life, love and friendship through the lives of our girls.
As soon as I got home, one of the teachers that works at the school which is a dear friend sent me this picture! she is ready.... no doubt about it!
There were also two other 1st days, Emi´s first day in 5th grade and Ale´s first day in 7th grade which is huge for us! Here in Venezuela we have elementary school from 1st grade to 6th and then High school from 7th grade to 11th..... and off to college which is only Universities for us!
Ale´s first day of high school got me by surprise... she was over the moon teenager happy mode with her brand new blue shirt that tells the world she is in high school already.... I woke up overwhelmed by love, surprise and the realization that my baby was no longer my baby, and that unlike her first day of kindergarten she was not going to hold my hand, or cry, that she was just going to jump out of the car impatiently wanting life to move fast! And so she did.... and I as I watch her walk in the school, I cried like a baby... I called Gabriel and cried while he listened trying to confort me, called my sister and cried while she made fun of me, called my mom.... and made her cry with me..... By the time I got home I cried again! But don´t worry, am not crying as I write this, am happy, satisfied, content and in peace.... My girls are happy, kind, courageous, brave... they are strong and happy, and they are already pointing out the good in the world for me to see!
And by the time school was out, I was able to get this picture out of pure peer pressure.... I have seen all of them since they were three! Aaaaw... it melts my heart!
Hi! my name is Carolina Perisse de Rico, I am a stay at home architect with the biggest project ever... my girls! The oldest is 16, then I have an 14 year old, and my miracle baby who is 6. Glad you are here, hope you stay a while!
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