I cried in the car.
My best friend dropped everything and met me at McDonald's for coffee. I told him how embarrassed I was at my public emotional display at the school.
Then, I cried in the booth at McDonald's.
I told him I hadn't cried at all when I took the other kids to their first days of school and that I couldn't believe I was turning into a complete basket case over leaving my last baby at Kindergarten. Then he held my hand and said to me, "She is your last baby and today you left her at school for the first time. That's just what day it is today. It's ok to be sad." He made me feel better. That's one of the reasons I married him.
I went to the store to do my regular weekly grocery shopping and as I walked in I heard a little girl ask her mommy if she could ride the 50 cent pony.
And I cried.
I cried when I walked down the aisle with the cotton balls and saw a mother getting frustrated with her son for pulling all the qtips off the shelf.
I cried when I passed a woman helping her elderly grandmother reach the canned soup. I cried when I saw a little girl run past the end of the coffee aisle. And I cried at the checkout counter when the cashier asked me how I was doing today.
That's just what day it was on Monday.
Today is Thursday. That's just what day it is today.
First day of school, August 15, 2011.
Mattie, 16, drove herself to school! 11th grade, Bauxite H.S.
Jenna, 11,successfully opened her locker! 6th grade, Benton Middle School
Elijah, 10, 4th grade, Angie Grant Elementary School
Daisy, 8, 3rd grade, Angie Grant Elementary School
Ruby, 5, Kindergarten, Angie Grant Elementary School