I wrote this back when my daughter Ali was just about to start kindergarten. Today I drove her to her fourth grade class. Time slips through out fingers like fine sand in a sieve. But the words I wrote are truer today than ever. We run because we can. We challenge ourselves and our bodies because we can. To back away from hard things is to deny ourselves the opportunity to grown. To turn our backs on the things that scare us is to stunt our progress. We will never see who we are if we refuse to look in the mirror. Tough races force me to face myself- to see what I’m really made of. Enjoy.
Some of the hardest moments in life are also the best.
Like many parents, this time of year brings me great joy mixed with a little sadness. It’s back-to-school time and this go-round, I’m sending both of my kids. My youngest is now in kindergarten and couldn’t be happier about it.
I, on the other hand, find myself more than a little teary-eyed at the prospect of what my husband and I call “The Beginning of the End”.
Ali is more than ready to take this step. She’s ready to be challenged. Her curiosity is bigger than my capacity to fill it. My companionship is no match to her friends who offer the excitement of bug catching and gold digging in the sandbox.
And the truth of the matter is, if Ali weren’t ready, I’d be more distraught. These milestones may be difficult, but they are necessary. She’s becoming more independent and that’s how it should be. While I’m sad that my little bug isn’t by my side all day, I’m thrilled to see how she is growing. It’s all good.