After seeing 4 kiddos off before her, I knew it was only a matter of time before the excitement of school wore off for Baby Girl.
I picked her up from school on Friday, and her usual bounce in her step was missing. She handed me her backpack and said, "Mama, I got kinda cry-y today...I missed-ed you." And with that, a little more of my heart broke.
Today was met with tears. Right from the "Wake up, Baby...it's time to go to school!", her tears started to flow, she wrapped her little arms around me and quietly sobbed, "I don't wanna go." I hugged her tight, fought my own tears, and put on my fake happy face to try to find that excitement for her.
Thankfully, it is "B" week at school and we found her "Build-a-Bear Bunny who's ready for Bed" to send with her and the tears stopped. Her adorable smile returned.
Day 5 of school and the other kids are already asking, "Mama, when do we get a mental health day?"...I decided that this year, there's no more covering up our mental health days. These are MY babies and if I want to give them a day off, I sure as heck can, no excuses.
While I think that education is important, it will never be as important to me as family and I know I will NEVER regret those days I take with them. So I'm gonna own 'em.
In the meantime, I too, will be counting down the days to this year's first "Mental Health day." Oh, and Wednesday's off with my little girl. I am going to cherish those Wednesday's with her like you wouldn't believe...