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D Day

It’s D Day in our house.

That’s D for Denial, baby.

Today is Maddie’s last day of kindergarten and I’m so
excited my tail is perpetually wagging. But I have to keep my
excitement in check, because acknowledging the extent of my
excitement means I would have to acknowledge that Maddie is
finishing kindergarten.

So I shove those unpleasant thoughts way
down deep into some dark part of my soul and ignore it, and focus
on the good part:

My baby is about to be all mine again!!

I can’t wait. No 7:30 a.m. rush to leave the house. No
endless lunch bags and snack bags and school water bottles. No
homework. No schedule!

I know I’m not the only one excited; yesterday morning I woke
Cora up so we could take Maddie to school, and she rolled over
sleepily and said, “I need to get downstairs. I need me some
Sissy lovin’.” And as she dragged herself down the
stairs, she mused, “When school gets out, I’ll be able
to get Sissy lovin’ whenever I want!”

Yesterday afternoon, to celebrate, Maddie cut her hair short again,
so it swings in a long bob below her chin. I can see in her eyes
she feels quite grown-up. And in solidarity, Cora demanded a cut
too, and it’s startling how much older it made Cora as well.

My babies are growing up!

No. Don’t think about that. Focus on the fact that in a few
short hours they will be yours, all yours!!!!


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