I just dropped my oldest daughter off FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER....for an ENTIRE DAY...with strangers.
You see it is March Break around these parts and I signed Lara up for Dance Camp. I know she will have a good time and I thought it would be a great opportunity for her to do something different.
It occurred to me RIGHT BEFORE I dropped her off, that I have NEVER LEFT HER IN THE HANDS OF STRANGERS FOR AN ENTIRE DAY.
I have left her for a Half a day, or an entire day with Family or friends. She has even been in programs where I have been in the building or been close by. She goes to Sunday school, dance class and playdates, but that is different.
Never has she been 'by herself in the world' from 8am-4pm.
Again...I'm a little emotional.
I'm sure this is what it feels like for moms when they drop their kids off at day care or school for the first time. To give your child over into the hands of strangers.
More than trusting the adults taking care of her, I am flooded with emotions FOR her. The feelings of nervousness, trepidation, fear, anxiety that all come with meeting new people and trying something new.
Will she make friends? Will the other girls be nice to her?
Girls can be mean...so mean.
Oh I hope she has a good time.
Amazing how as a parent we re-live life through our children. It brings me right back to all the emotions I felt as a kid in school and camp.
I'm overwhelmed....dramatic and over emotional yes....and overwhelmed.
O.K I feel better now. Thanks for listening.