Wednesday, June 16, 2010

You Say Goodbye...

This morning I put my son on the bus, dressed in long pants, a button-down shirt, and a tie. The long pants was a big deal -- he wears shorts all the time, even on snowy days. But he understood the importance of today. Will clambered aboard with his younger sister, and as the bus took off down the road, sadness swelled over me, the same sadness I felt six years ago when he left for his first day of kindergarten.

The last bus to elementary school. The last pitch in the minors. The last stroller ride, the last diaper, the last breast-feeding.

So many lasts yet to come -- and so many firsts.

How time flies.

Peace, Linda


  1. ...and I say hello.

    As you said, so many firsts yet to come - and the memories those will form. It's still hard for me to believe both my kids are now in college.

    Like they say, time flies when you're having fun.

    Can't say I miss that last diaper.

  2. I had an unexpected lump in my throat reading this. I'll put my youngest on the bus to kindergarten in September. Time does fly - much faster than we realize sometimes.

  3. It seems impossible that they will ever be old enough to stand on their own, but they do somehow, and that is the miracle of growing up and growing old.
    Lovely observations, Linda.

  4. A wonderful and sad moment at the same time...

    My son is 2 and I bet I'll have tons of these in the future...

  5. Yep, life is a constantly evolving beast, isn't it?

  6. Aww indeed -- we are so proud of Will -- he's had an amazingly tough year and he blazed through the other side. But of course, happiness letdown -- guess who woke up sick the next day and missed his parties? :^{

    Poor kid. Peace...

  7. Aw, poor Wil. Being sick and missing out on end of the year parties?
    That stinks.

    I hope he feels better now. Enjoy the summer with your kids. I'm loving having mine home.