off to school they go

I remember the first day of Nathaniel’s first year of school.

The tears.

The sobbing.

The wailing.

It took ten minutes for me to stop bawling after he took off without a backward glance.

This first school day I send off three kids to three different schools. A sophomore, seventh grader and fourth grader. Hearts full of varied purpose, a year of unknown determination.

I’m a mother that aches for the things I can’t offer my kids. I wallow in the joys they bring me. We share a laughter I hope they’ll carry far in their memory.

I send them off to learn each day so they can come home and teach me the lessons that aren’t found in books.

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