it is literally heartbreaking to see my girl grow up and move into the big bad world on her own. "it's just 1st grade" you say? well, i happen to know that even in elementary school it's a dog-eat-dog world. i was there once, myself. and as i see my precious children get older it's hard for me to let them be a part of the world where they are not loved and adored and nurtured every minute. i saw the happiness of childhood in her this summer and realized that even a kindergarten school-year stole a little of her spark. i shudder to think of what 1st grade, 6th grade, and so on will take from her bright little innocence.
the precious (and joyful) job that is mine every day! to love, protect, and teach these little ones is more apparently neccessary to me today than any other day of the year.