My first-born started first grade today. I'm still not sure how it is possible that my baby is now 7 years old and in the first grade. For some reason first grade feels like such a big deal, bigger than Kindergarten even. Caleb has been at this elementary school since he was 3 years old so he knows his way around. He is comfortable and confident with his surroundings. But it is still a new teacher, new classmates, new routine, new curriculum...it's just new. I always worry at the beginning of a new school year. It's hard to hand your child over to someone else. Someone who doesn't yet know his personality and his strengths. I've heard amazing things about his teacher this year. I trust that he is in good hands and I'm certain he will flourish and grow this year.
He did have a great first day. One of the first things he said to me after I picked him up this afternoon was: "I made new friends today." Well, it just doesn't get any better than that.