The sun's rays were shining through our windows and casting a sunbeam halo over Sarah, as she slammed the bedroom doors upstairs announcing to the world she's awake. She knew something special was in store for her, but didn't know what it was. Today, she began her first day at one of the schools she'll attend this year.
We are filled with gratitude that she has the same teacher Austin had a few years ago when he attended the school. Miss Emily and I hugged like old friends, welcoming the new daily routine we'll share by greeting each new day with smiles and joy. Love spilled out from both of us with the endless possibilities Sarah will have.
Then, she asked the question all Mamas and Papas want to hear. "What are your expectations from me? What do you want from me to help Sarah?"
"All I want is for her to be loved. She'll make her way." At that moment, both our eyes turned misty.
During our conversation, I learned another little girl will be in Sarah's classroom. Another little girl, with something extra in her makeup. I can hardly wait to meet her parents. Another friend.
"All I want is for her to be loved."
After I kissed her goodbye, she continued in exploration as if she has always been a part of the group, her friends, her place without another glimpse of her mama walking away.
The note on her daily report when I picked her up. "Sarah had a GREAT day! She made many new friends, and went to the bathroom on her own! Sarah was very playful and warmed up to our classroom and friends so easily! Yay!!"
I guess you take Mama out of the mix, and she'll do everything in her own time.
So, Miss Sarah has found a brand new place to grow, to learn, to love, and to celebrate.
What a beautiful day. What a wild, precious life I'm living.