She had her breakfast, talked to Grandma on the phone,
put on her brand-new dress, because if you can't wear a new dress on the first day,
when are you going to really!
Listened to mum telling her how great it was going to be,
but she knew that.
Although the wee face shows that maybe she was a bit worried after all.
What a wee darling. Recently I told her that she grew in my tummy
and she fell about laughing. "Muuum you're so silly, of course not,
Jesus dropped me off to you". Well she got that right. She is a real gift to our family.
Three and three quarter years ago when I was being wheeled into theatre,
I wondered out loud how this could be a good idea.
Lucky it wasn't up to me, because was this the best idea ever!
Annie has been sunshine and joy in our family through three years that have had a lot of challenges.
It was hard to take the next step this morning,
I think I wanted to keep her home for ever.
But three mornings of kindy are going to be great for her I know
it just seemed like a big step to leave her at Kindy and not be there with her.
Obligatory first day of school picture.
And here she is at the school gate.
I made her what could be the biggest kindy bag ever to hold changes of clothes
and lunch and anything else that needs to go to Kindy.
We put her lunchbox on the shelf, and her inside shoes in the basket,
we put the piece of fruit to share in the basket
and hung the bag on her hook. Little tasks that will soon be routine.
I told her I made the bag so that when she saw it,
she would remember that mummy loves her.
Here she is in the classroom with her teacher, Ellen.
Ellen will be her teacher for the next three years till the year she turns seven
when she will go across the playground to the school.
And so the great adventure begins.