I Stalked the Bus on the First Day Back to School ... Don't Judge

So I might have had a bit of a tough time detaching for back to school this year. It was my kid's first day of first grade and first ride on the bus, so I did what any reasonably insane mother would have done -- I followed the bus all the way to school to make sure everything went okay. Don't judge.

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It did. (Go okay, that is.)

I'm not sure what I thought would happen. We walked to the corner; I delivered my little four-eyed, 5-year-old baby to the bus driver, Ms. Lorraine, who is seriously the nicest lady in the world. What could possibly go wrong?

I just had to see for myself.

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So I walked briskly home, jumped into the station wagon, and tailed the bus. I went up the road and through neighborhoods I've driven through a million times.

Poor Ms. Lorraine tried to wave me by more than once. She must have thought I was a lunatic. She's probably right.

But sending my daughter off after a long lazy summer of cereal, swimming, TV commercials, and naps was just far more heartbreaking than I thought it would be.

I had prepared her for school. I filled her backpack with her supplies, packed her lunch, and folded her little socks in half. We had talked about her routine and her lovely new teacher so she could be reassured things would be totally fine. The one who was caught unprepared was me.

As my social media feeds are starting to fill up with sweet pictures of other moms' kids, some holding up signs saying "First Day of 5th Grade" and the like, I can't help but think I'm not alone.

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Don't get me wrong: I think the jokes about moms who are thrilled to send their kids back to their teachers are funny and all too true. After that first tinge of anxiety, I was thrilled to get back to my regular schedule. But I miss her too.

Here's one of the very best first-day-of-school mom funnies I've seen:

So I guess I just want to say to all the moms out there suffering around this bittersweet back-to-school time, I'm with you. I feel you and I don't think we're crazy at all. And if stalking the school bus is something that makes you feel just a little bit better, like it did me, then you totally should.

Just be prepared for a few strange looks from the bus driver.

 

 

Images via Becky Bracken

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