Today is the first day of school for Pickle. Her first day of HIGH SCHOOL. And while I'm tempted to go down the road of reminiscing--how it's been mere moments since she was heading to PRESCHOOL, I'll save that sentimental blabber for another time.
Instead, I'm choosing to celebrate this new beginning. It's not just her first day of high school (yikes--I'm still not used to it!), it's also her first day of Christian school. She is joining her younger brother at the school where her daddy works. It's going to be a new experience in more ways than one. There will be new people, new classes, a new school-culture to learn, a new level of learning, and a new place to navigate. A new beginning.
New beginnings can be scary if we choose to focus on the security of what we have left behind. We can romanticize the past instead of embracing what lies in front of us.
We are not short on butterflies over here, naturally...
...yet we celebrate a new beginning, one filled with opportunities for the taking. Instead of focusing on what has been, I encourage her to enjoy what will be, the fresh start, the new notebooks and the new friendships-to-come. We get to choose what we focus on. Today we pick this new beginning.
I love you Pickle, you are going to have a great freshman year!