11.09.2012

30 Days of Thankfulness :: Day 9 :: Independence

There was one thing we knew when signing Derrick up for preschool, and that was that we would have to walk him inside every morning. His school does a carpool drop off but we were sure that Derrick would never ever be ok with being removed from our car by someone who wasn't his teacher.

30 Days of Thankfulness :: Day 9 :: Independence
He's been telling us for a few days that he wanted to walk in school by himself like his friends.  (He also said that he wanted to "just do whatever my friends do," which might be a whole nother issue! :) This morning on the way to school I asked him if he wanted to go through carpool. "Yes, I want to walk through 'big room' by myself like my friends," he told me. We talked about how Jenny Kate and I would stay in the car and a teacher, probably not one of his teachers, would help him out of the car. He kept insisting that was what he wanted to do so we got into the carpool line. I unbuckled him as we waited in line and when the teacher opened his door he hopped right out with barely a wave goodbye. Today I am thankful that my clingy little boy has has developed more independence than I ever thought he would at this point. I was so proud of him as he hopped out of the car and walked up the steps with his book bag that's almost as big as he is. I have to admit though, this step tugged at my heart strings. Hard! I can't believe how much my boy has grown up these last few months!  It's bittersweet!

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