Sometimes You Just Need To Let Your Baby Birds Fly

Today felt colossal.  Super duper colossal.

I sent my little dove off to her first day of Kindergarten.

Although she woke up with palpable excitement, I sensed the slightest bit of baby bird fear.  I french-braided her soft strands, and she agreed with my first clothing choice – a peter pan collared blouse.  I tucked a love note into her lunch and off we went – humongous backpack and all.

I watched her find her place at her name-tag-assigned desk, filled with supplies, and then kissed her goodbye.  I then listened to her little brother repeatedly ask about his missing side-kick.

My Lucia is an intensely creative, curious and open one. She is also the youngest in her grade.  I hope that these lights within her continue to shine as she navigates this world of “Kindergarten is the new first grade”.

When I picked her up she looked at me and said “mama, I’m going to learn sooo much in Kindergarten”.    She also asked for a pet eel.

Once again I am the student, learning that mothering is a continuous cycle of spreading my mama wings, so my little ones can soar.

Mothering is unquestionably a perpetual process of letting go.  



  1. Where did the time go? She is a darling and so is her loving mama bird. She is amazing because of you Monica.

  2. She is adorable!! You are so right- a perpetual process of letting go. Happy 1st Day!
    Laurie 🙂

  3. she's looking so sweet!! Glad she had a wonderful day!!

  4. Oh my goodness. This post made me melt, especially the comment she made to you. I'm so glad you took such wonderful pictures because this will be such a precious memory later on. And I love your style of writing. You truly capture a mother's boundless love. Yes, the letting go experience is always there. It's why I started posting my little'letting go series'…we just have to relish it all. Leslie (aka Gwen Moss blog)

  5. Spread the wings and let your little one fly. I know easier said than done. These momma emotions got the better of me when I was reading your blog. I look forward to reading more of your posts and continuing on this journey with you. It will be good preparation for me for when our 'Bug' starts school.

  6. What a doll! You've obviously raised her well for her to be so confident and positive about starting school!

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