In about 2 hours, I will be sending my precious babies off into the real world. Today is the first day of Kindergarten. It is actually an orientation day and Don and I get to go with them; the real first day isn’t until Monday. Where has the time gone? This week was also the first week of soccer practice. How has five years flown by so fast? How do I have Kindergartners?
I am sitting here on the couch, the kids and Don are still sleeping. All I can hear is the crickets (there is one in our house… ugh) chirping and the trucks beginning to rumble down the road in front of our house. Other than that, it is quiet. The calm before the storm.
A few years ago, Don and I struggled to get pregnant. With dozens of trips to the fertility specialist, we finally got the “Pregnant” on the digital stick. Eight and a half months later, I delivered healthy, full-term twins by c-section. It seems like yesterday.
Today, I am sending my babies off into the real world without our protection. They are going to make new friends, have new experiences – some good and some bad, and make choices. Hopefully, in the past five years I have taught them right from wrong, good from bad, and how to respect themselves and others.
We have raised caring, compassionate, loving children who know to help others in need. Last night, a girl on Mo’s soccer team fell while they were playing. Mo immediately stopped, rather than kicking the ball, and helped the little girl up. I have never been so proud as a mom, as I was then. Hopefully, school and the real world doesn’t crush their spirit to help others in need.
I know the twins will be fine. They watch out for each other. They will make friends, learn fun things, read and write. But, they will never be babies again. And, this momma’s baby-factory is closed for business… so, no more babies.
I will cuddle them as long as they let me and continue to teach them to be loving, compassionate, caring individuals. They will grow up to be happy, successful and more than ready to change the world for the better. They are more than ready and capable to experience the world and I am excited to see it through their eyes.
But, today, I am sending my babies to Kindergarten and into the real world.
I am going to cry.