Things are shifting here. Change is afoot.
The letter has arrived saying Little L has been offered her school place at her sister's school ready for September.
Since recently turning four, Little L seems to have, quite suddenly, grown up. It's caught me unawares, knocked the breath out of me. The tantrums have disappeared. New qualities seems to be blossoming. She's my sensible little girl when she's out scooting, checking each driveway for cars reversing out as she scoots past, ahead of me. Leaving me behind. Oh, how hard that is for a mama to accept and come to terms with. Over the coming months, there will be a few tears shed, of that I am sure.
There is a new awareness shining from her, she seems stronger, both physically and emotionally. In the school playground while we wait for Miss K to come out of school to walk her home, Little L rarely left my side. Now, she is running off, racing and twirling with a new found confidence which I think has even taken her by surprise. She will ask, 'Mama, can I go?' with a slight look of wonder on her face. Other mothers have commented, noticing my girl who is known for being as quiet as a mouse, blossom as she stretches her arms out far, exploring her new world, finding new freedoms and boundaries and where they both begin and end. She stood on tippy toe outside Miss K's classroom yesterday, peering in, catching a glimpse of her future. She's standing on the bridge between home and school. I feel like calling her back, I'm not ready for her to go yet, but it's almost time. I must let her go. These last few months will crumble into weeks and then days and I will find myself hugging her and waving to her as she steps into the classroom. Please know Little L, that my goodbye will hold so much love and a wish for courage to carry you through your days. I'll be cheering you on from the sidelines. I'll always be here for you, just a bit further away.