Monday, August 29, 2011

Growing Up

Take trains by yourself to places you've never been.  Sleep out alone under the stars.  Learn how to drive a stick shift.  Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back.  Say no when you don't want to do something.  Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees.  Decide whether you want to be liked or admired.  Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you're doing here.  - Eve Ensler
While probably meant for a woman in her 20's, this speaks to me as Stella had her first day in her new class (3-4 year olds).  I wasn't all that worried because I got a call from her school...they thought better of their decision and moved her into the other class with all of her girlfriends from her previous class.  This thrilled me.  She had spent an hour each day this past week in the class she was originally placed in - just to get acclimated before today's switch.  Each day I'd ask her how it went, if she liked her new room, teachers, and girlfriends but each time, she remained silent.  I got absolutely no response from her.  But when I told her about the change, that she was going to be with her "girls" after all, she was so excited and talked non-stop about it.  So my heart is happy once again and I learned that while I'm not the type to speak up for myself, I found my voice very quickly when it came to my little girl (who wouldn't stop jumping up and down to take this picture).  
I hope everybody had a wonderful return or start to their new school year! 


7 comments:

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

So glad it all worked out! Yesterday was our first day of carpool and while I shed a tear for my little girl being all grown up....and email from the teacher telling me Maddie telling everyone all morning how she walked into school like a big girl made me happy that school is giving her some much needed independance from this overprotective mama.

JMW said...

Oh, so glad that Stella is back with her friends - it was meant to be. Wonderful quotation, by the way.

tonijoplin said...

Ohhhhh that little face melts my heart!

Jennifer said...

So happy Stella had a great first day (and you too!). We were supposed to start school yesterday... but still waiting due to Irene. Hopefully tomorrow but I doubt it as power is still out throughout much of our town.

Farmchick said...

Things do have a way of working out they way they are supposed to. Great quote.

Holli said...

Oh I'm happy it worked out after all :)

Tessa said...

love that quote. love it! want to pin it. shoot.
oh happy days or Stella!!

xo, Tessa