First day of school- A mom’s reminiscence

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In this short but heartfelt piece, one mom shares her mixed feelings about her daughter’s first day of school.

My younger daughter started school last week. That first day of school is always a bit of a challenge. She is 3 years old and now goes to Pre-Nursery. Am I happy or am I sad? It is hard to say – my feelings are mixed.

On the one hand, I am happy for her – she’ll get to meet new people, make new friends and learn a lot of stuff. But at the same time, I am saddened by this new phase in her life. I have got so used to having her around me- calling out to me at every step, every minute and every hour of the day; following me around like a faithful little puppy. I will miss those small, warm hands holding mine, the cute eyes filling with wonderment, and the happiness and surprise that fills her face at the silliest of things!

Oh, I will miss all those small moments that I shared with her over the last 3 years.

Apart from missing her, I also feel sad that her life will now be more governed by the round device hanging on the wall – the clock – day in and day out, she’ll have to get up by a certain time, get ready, rush to school, get back home, take a nap,…. Oh well, such is life.

Anyway, on the positive front, she does not cry when I drop her at school. The first few weeks can be a torture for both the child and the parent (and of course the teacher too!) but luckily, she has taken to school like a fish to water. I guess being the younger child, she is more eager to see and experience what her elder sister gets to do at school!

Again, such is life!

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