Rhona (rhonawestbrook) wrote,
Rhona
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My Baby's Growing Up!


Today, for the first time since my baby girl was born four years ago, I left her alone at a school and drove away. She went to the teacher with a huge smile on her face and never looked back. I, on the other hand, burst into tears when the door closed behind her, stumbled out to my car and wept all the way to the bookstore where I sat, waiting for the 2 and ½ hour assessment to be over so I could pick my baby up again.
 
Those were the longest two-and-a-half hours of my life. I wasn’t even a mile away from the school, but I clutched my cell phone in the palm of my hand and watched it carefully, just in case. I’d timed the distance and could be at the school in 97 seconds if they needed me. But they didn’t. When I returned to pick her up, Daphne was still smiling and all the way home she told me about how much fun she’d had and how many new friends she’d made.  I smiled and nodded and cried. I am such a wuss!
 
We’ll find out next week if Daphne was accepted there for school next year and I know now, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that we are doing the right thing. She loved it there today and she is ready. I’m the one who’s not! I put my life on hold when she was born so I could stay home and raise her myself and I was ready and willing to homeschool her if she wanted, but she’s grown up a strong, independent little person who is able to walk away from mommy into new and exciting experiences with a smile on her face. She never even looked back and you’d never know this was the first time she’d been separated from both parents for any length of time. I’m so very proud of her and of us.
 
 
::::wails:::::


 
We took this picture before getting ready this morning so Daphne could save her very first day as a school girl forever. It was her idea and I love it.
 
 
Novel Update: While at the bookstore clutching my phone and trying not to look like a psychopath, I walked back and forth through the aisles and read book titles and author names. I paused over Anton’s Dead to Me, Mark’s Happy Hour, Di's Cipher and Eric’s shelf ( yup, my bookstore has devoted a whole shelf to you now Eric) and then I sat down under the display holding Jeaniene’s Halfway to the Grave and I smiled. Because you guys did it, so I can too. It’s just a matter of time now, time and effort. I still have both, so I’m happy!
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