It all began the night before. The whole house was jumping as we tried to get school clothes ready and the backpacks and lunches all set.
Lauren pulled on the side of my shirt for me to hold her. Lifting her up, I asked, "Are you excited for tomorrow?!"
Her eyes began to worry and big tears welled. "I don't want to go. Please don't make me. I want to stay here!"
Going back and forth all through the night and into the next morning, we tried to convince her that she would have the best time ever.
It wasn't working.
Lauren Elizabeth cried and worried no matter what anybody said or did.
The boys weren't this emotional on their first day of school and it was killing me. It made me feel like she thought we were pushing her away.
When it was time to go, she was dressed and ready. We put her backpack on that she's been carrying around with her all summer and that's when something clicked.
"Wait!" She said as she held up one finger. Running out of the kitchen, she came back with some paper and a pencil. Pulling her backpack off, she carefully unzipped it and put her treasures in. "I might need these so I can draw when I'm there."
It was hard not to hide a smile as we seriously nodded in agreement.
Putting her pack over her shoulders again, she had a newfound sense of readiness.
"Okay. Let's go."
Catching up to her, Adam took her hand and that's when I lost it. To see the two of them, hit me knowing that this exact moment would be what I would remember years from now, as she walked down the aisle. This one single image is what I'll picture of our baby girl's first day of school.
So, day one is done and here's to hoping for a great rest of the year. It's hard to believe how fast it's all going by.
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