Growing Up Is Hard To Do…

The Author and the Perfectionist on their First Mother's Day together..

I registered the Perfectionist for Kindergarten today. He can’t wait to go. “It will be the best thing that evah happened to me, Mommy.” Big sigh from me…small tear..enormous glass of wine poured. It defies logic that I would be lacrimose about my youngest going to Kindergarten. He has been in pre-school daily this entire school year, however, the act of enrolling him in our neighborhood school definitely stirred the butterflies in my stomach.

Growing pains are a part of life whether you are starting school for the first time, starting a profession or even starting over. As a mother, I know that with three pairs of eyes watching me, how I handle these growing pains are not only essential to my growth and happiness but my sons’ growth and happiness as well.

There have been a lot of growing pains in our family this year from new schedules to new traditions to new family roles. We’ve suffered loss, but we’ve also made the best of the changes when it was at all possible. Now, we face a new change. Our littlest bird, our sensitive one, the one that reminds his mommy every day of the pain, aggravation, annoyance, JOY that she gave her own mother as a pre-schooler is officially flying the nest in the fall. No, not too far–just a few blocks away, but far away in a new world in the care of wonderful school officials.

Oh, he will be fine. Me? I will be, too, I think. I would be lying if I didn’t say that the growing pains will take a while to ease even with First Day of School Mimosas. (best freakin’ tradition ever!). And just as I get over the latest growing pain, my oldest will start middle school the following year. Changes! Do they ever stop?

Growing pains…they happen in all aspects of life, but without them, how would we ever realize that what was happening was actually something to notice and embrace?

The Perfectionist with "Cutie" one of his many dog loveys.

About Jen Cross

Born and raised in Dallas, TX, I enjoy writing books about life in Dallas and relationships and their many ups and downs.
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