Bus Stop Reflections: Letting Go on the First Day of Middle School by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

Parenting
a year ago
Bus Stop Reflections: Letting Go on the First Day of Middle School

And there he goes, off to middle school, taking a big piece of my heart with him. Without thinking about it, I started walking to the bus stop with him, being accustomed to walking both my boys to the elementary school bus stop. But my husband stopped me, pointing out that I'd embarrass him, that no one else's mom was there, that there were "cute, older girls" at the bus stop. And he was right. So I let him go, the first of many such middle school moments. 

While I'll admit that my heart was in my throat, I also felt proud of my son. I know he's ready for this next step. I’ll never forget that he turned around and waved to me just before he got on the bus. I probably needed that more than he did, and I suspect he knew it. And as the bus pulled away, I said a silent prayer that my first born will have a good first day, that kids will be kind, that he'll be kind, that he'll be confident, that he'll find his people and discover his passions. 

Parenting is the great equalizer, isn’t it? Because this is what we all want for our kids. And as our kids learn various academic and social lessons, we’ll learn the art of letting go. May middle school be kind to us, too.

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Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Oh, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead , I'm right there with you. This applies for so many milestones in our kids' lives. Thank you for articulating what so many of us are feeling. Bittersweet moments. Hugs to you!! ❤️
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
Thank you, Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds! It's a bittersweet milestone for sure!
Shannon Mattice
Before you know it, you will be dropping him off at college. Enjoy the journey!! ❤
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
I am sure it will go by much faster than I'd like! Thanks, Shannon Mattice !
Katie Sloan
So true! Well said!

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