Princess started Kindergarten on Monday. She did great—a little shy at first, but she said goodbye and headed into her classroom without looking back. I’m the one who had to fight back tears as she skipped along with her too-big backpack and ponytail swinging. She always has been independent.

This whole thing has me feeling nostalgic for the sweet, tiny baby she was not so long ago, so I dug out this poem I wrote when she was a few months old to remind myself that I knew this was coming. I love you, Princess. Try not to grow up too fast.

My sweet baby,
When I watch you falling asleep
with your milky skin
and rosy cheeks
and long eyelashes
like a perfect porcelain doll,
I want to breathe in this moment
and save it forever
I want to wrap it up in cellophane
and tuck it in a pocket,
saving it for another day
when you are older
or crankier
or when,
in a teenaged rage
you’ve screamed, “I hate you” and slammed the door in my face.

Then I will take it out,
and unwrap it,
and remember that once I was the center of your universe.
That once, all I had to do to make you smile was hold you,
or sing my made-up songs,
or blow bubbles on your tummy.

I want to remember this moment,
because I know that it is fleeting.
I know that tomorrow there will be preschool,
and brownies
and first dances and driver’s ed and proms.
And there won’t be time for rocking you to sleep
when you enter that world.
I won’t get to hold you on my lap
stroking your chameleon hair
(is it red or brown or blonde today?)
and wondering how I can be so completely
in love with you.


About Sarah

Sarah is obviously in love with chaos, as she has actively sought it since her daughter "Princess" was born in 2006. A cross-country move when Princess was four months old landed her back in the Silicon Valley, where her computer geek husband, Hubby 1.0, could dwell with his kind. In 2007, she decided to go to graduate school, which she’s completing as slowly as possible. When her son, "Caveman," arrived in the fall of 2008, life just got more entertaining. An aspiring librarian, Sarah is often found at story time bribing Caveman to pay attention with granola bars and goldfish. She's also on a quest to find a haircut that requires absolutely no styling and still looks good on those days when a shower just doesn't happen. In her spare time, she picks up toys, does laundry, cooks, checks facebook obsessively, submits photos to "$*%# my Kids Ruined," and organizes play dates with a great group of moms who keep her sane.

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