Friday, September 3, 2010

Letting Go

"We must let go of our children so they
may find the purpose of their wings to fly."
~Mama Hen

Letting go is quite a tall order regarding our children. Preschool started yesterday for Little Chick and I had a hard time watching her walk through the big school doors and wave goodbye. I walked to the car with tears in my eyes and drove away crying. I think the hardest part is trusting that she will be OK when mommy is not around. It is part of life and she must learn to be independant, but I still see my little girl as my baby and quite frankly I don't want to let go yet. It seems like just a short while ago that I was holding my baby girl in my arms, carrying her around everywhere, happy as can be that I was so blessed with my precious gift from God above. How fast the time goes by and with a blink of an eye she is now carrying her pink backpack that is almost as big as she is all by herself into the big school. She was a trooper waving bye bye with a huge smile on her face.

32 comments:

  1. Yes, Mama Hen, watching your baby head off to school is a difficult time in a mother's life. I think it was Erma Bombeck who said the two gifts we give our children are roots and wings. As amazing as it is to see them soar into adulthood, I think a part of every mother wishes for a kite string to keep them close and within sight! Looks to me like Little Chick had a great day at preschool. I think she was equally glad to see your smiling face at the end of the day!

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  2. I am totally empathizing with you Mama Hen! I've heard a quote that says..."Once you have children, it's like your heart is walking outside of your body..." or something like that! I hope she had a wonderful day!

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  3. She is darling, and she looks so proud of what she's already learned.
    xoRobyn

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  4. I had the same feeling too when Ben attended his 1st Sunday school... and I was still in the room with him and already feeling my boy so grown up!

    But deep down of course we all know it's for the best! They have to make friends and learn along the way as they grow up right?

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  5. It's the toughest thing ever. The worry. But rest assured that you've equipped this little dynamo with all the skills she needs to make friends and contribute beautifully to pre-school. She'll be a superstar.

    Wait until you realise that she goes a whole day doing great stuff and tells you only ONE THING when you ask her how her day was. I couldn't stand the not knowing! They live a life that we don't even know about... toughness!

    x

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  6. I feel the same way about my 14 year old sister. She'll always be my baby!

    I would have cried too if I was a mama!

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  7. Oh Mama Hen, my heart does go out to you. It's never easy watching our babies grow up! The independence, the trusting other people to make sure she is safe, the worry that she's enjoying herself...I love your inspirational quote-"We must let go of our children so they
    may find the purpose of their wings to fly." I'll remember this the next time I drop my little boy off at daycare :)

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  8. awww this reminds me of my first day at school. i wasn't a brave girl like little chick. i dreaded the crowd and clung to my mom and cried making it harder for my mom...this mother's love is just so beautiful!

    i'm thinking if i'd be able to love my children so much when i become a mom...:))

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  9. ahh, I hate letting go. It is always hard for me to let my kids go to school. I hate that they aren't with me

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  10. I get very emotional with ANY milestone or new experience Ella and Zoe go through -- and I cry very easily. I did the same as you last year when I first dropped my girls off at their first day of preschool. Could not believe we were already at that stage in their life. Part of my tears were also out of excitement for all the new adventures they were heading into , and being so excited for them : ) This year, at almost 4 1/2, I can not believe how grown-up in so many ways they seem. Yikes, I'm starting to get a little teary-eyed right now .....

    Little Chick looks so happy and pleased in her first day pic : )

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  11. awwww! my son started preschool last year and it. it was hard for me and him after a while he was happy to go! now he's in his second year he and i are pretty ok with it though he will not turn down staying home! i am plenty busy with my other 2, but i am sure when my youngest starts in a couple years, i will be relieved, sad, bored, and very busy catching up on chores!!!

    your little one seems like a strong little girl. she positive her momma will be back for her. she's a doll and i hope she had a great day!

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  12. well, you know I can totally relate, but seems like she did a great job and was ready to go to school! I think us Mommy's spend SO much of our lives learning to let go and realize our children won't be our babies forever. My mom said even when I was in high school and had to go out of town for sports and things, she'd be a nervous wreck the whole time, and usually she'd even travel with us! Ha! A mother's love, I guess :)

    Thanks for your sweet comment and checking on Jacob...he did GREAT yesterday! no tears, told me bye bye and went to sit down with his new friends...such a better drop off than tues! Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts while I struggled to "let go"!!

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  14. And I just watched my baby in labor for her baby. Talk about being hard to let go, when we had to leave the mama and daddy and newborn to return to NW Wisconsin - was the hardest thing of all.

    Little Chick must just be a delight to all who know her. She seems like such a happy little girl! Always remember that the preschool is merely your substitute, so that you have every right to know every single thing that's going on there and every right to voice your opinion about what is or what is not happening there.

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  15. Ah, that is so tough! And, to think that we are going to have to "let go" over and over again through-out their lives. But, you are right, we have to let them expand their wings, we have to let them become the people they are destined to be. You are such a wonderful example of a dedicated, kind, and caring mother....Little Chick will do amazing things in her life!

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  16. I know it is hard when you realize how fast time is flying. I have to remind myself to just enjoy every minute, take it all in.

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  17. Sending you an extra big hug today! I remember the same scenario and very similar feelings. I actually walked away feeling quite lost. It's hard to separate when they've been your baby and attached so much and then suddenly they're not there. We can prepare in our heads for it but it's tough when it's actually happening.

    You did a good job as LC has so much confidence that she can wave good-bye with a big smile.

    Enjoy some extra hugs this holiday week-end!!

    xoxo

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  18. Oh wow, I remember that first day of preschool too! *sniff!* I'm so happy that Little Chick left you with a smile. :-) That had to make it a "bit" easier. Maybe a teeny bit. Have a wonderful weekend! ♥

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  19. Aw...this is sweet!

    http://pearlsandgreentea.blogspot.com/

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  20. Aww, I heard once on the laura schlezinger show that 'from the minute you concieve your children they are moving away from you and the only thing you can do is raise them right' its true when you think about it. God bless

    xx
    anya

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  21. Thanks for the blog visit- I'm following you!

    My oldest starts Kindergarten next week- I know I will feel the same way as she walks through those doors! Thanks for sharing

    Have a happy day!

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  22. Hi Mama Hen! Thanks for checking out my blog and following it. Your Little Chick is soooooo adorable. You are very blessed! I also love your blog! :-)

    Park Avenue Chihuahua ~

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  23. I remember my daughter's first day of school. She had to get on the bus with all the other kids. I was so worried for her.

    She was so excited! She bounded up the stairs of the bus to her new adventure - without looking back. She didn't wave, she didn't act like she was worried or even going to miss me. I cried! My husband had the tissues ready when I went in the house because he knew it would happen.

    Further to our conversation about my other blogs Mama Hen: The only blog I am planning on keeping is Cassiopeia Chats. I find it too difficult to keep up with 4 blogs and a sales website - I think I bit off more than I can chew! I'm going to amalgamate them all into one.

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  24. I am still quite a few years away from that day, but I'm already dreading it! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm looking forward to reading more of yours :)

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  25. Awwww....I know it can be so hard. My little one starts kindergarten and I'm so sad.
    Thanks for the follow...love the blog!
    http://3menkorts.blogspot.com/

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  26. she looks adorable & proud of sharing her achievement with Mamma. Congrats to both of u!

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  27. oh she is adorable and I know how you feel! My little one was going 2 mornings a week since March and next week starts 5 1/2 days. Isn't it crazy how fast the time goes? enjoy the weekend with her and your family!

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  28. Oh, Mama Hen!!! We must let them fly...and I am so proud of you for doing so! I remember those days of tears falling down my face when my first daughter went to preschool. On Tuesday, my youngest will start and I think I'll be repeating your scene this week! Hugs to little chick!!! Tell her she has got one wonderful Mommy!

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  29. Mama Hen you did it! You let your little hen out of the nest as hard as it was. I remember letting my now 8 year old daughter leave me for the first time and it was so heartbreaking yet exciting, now I am watching my four year old get ready to leave that nest. What am I gonna do when my 15 month old is ready? Time just goes to fast, what about going away to college? YIKES lol

    http://www.peacefulislandmother.yolasite.com

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  30. Oh my word, YES!!! My little girly started kindergarten Monday. It seems like it wasn't long ago that she was curled up in my lap with her little tiny footed sleeper. I'm not so much sad that she's growing... just realizing just how incredibly important it is to make every day count.

    http://unsolicitedadvice-n-such.blogspot.com/

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  31. It is very hard to let your child go. I feel with you there! I cried as I left my son in his kindergarten classroom looking lost. We visited the room the day before school started, and Buddy just didn't want to be there which made it harder for me to let him go.

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