There are days in life that we never forget. Days that we have to take a photo or 50. Days that we will talk about in years to come. Today was one of those days. A day that it is totally cool to be gushy. So gush, gush, gush I will.
My little Bonnie Vi,
As I tucked you in bed last night, you said you were a little nervous but so very excited. I held you to sleep in my arms and told you that it would be a day you would never forget. I warned you I would be snapping that camera like I am the proudest Mum alive. Because I am.
Your first shoes are in their box, safely wrapped up. We got them on November 11th, 2013 when you were 15 months old. They are a size 4F and they have little butterflies on them. They still light up. Perhaps we can justify the price of Clarks shoes afterall.
Those first shoes mark the start of a new adventure. They represent a new found freedom. Those first shoes are precious and I will never throw them out.
Last week we got another pair of “first shoes”, your first school shoes. Shoes that take new found freedom to a whole new level. These shoes are also precious. They are a size 10.5E and I can’t help but relflect over how far we have come from the 4F. It was a real coinscidence that the shoes that fit you the best are the butterflies.
Today it was time for you to fly my little butterfly. It was one of those days that I had to pinch myself. One of those days that this thing called life felt so very real. It was a day that hit me right somewhere deep inside. As I left your smiley, excited little face in that classroom, I felt a pang of pain knowing that it’s time to say goodbye. Goodbye to our little baby girl who is so ready to learn and grow. Our little girl who is ready to fly, with all her friends.
Today allowed millions of parents, grandparents and carers to be still and reflect over the past 5 years. Years that have flown by. Years that have given us so much joy.
Like childbirth, I have forgotten all the drama. I have forgotten all the pain. Today, I am in a little bubble of pride. Today is a very special day. A day where I sit back and watch you fly. A day that will always be engrained in my mind.