Today marks the first day of school for my children here in Northern Virginia. I've always loved the first day of school! It's a chance for a fresh start, a new beginning. Almost like a new year starting over.
This year, for the first time ever, all 3 of my boys will be in school all day, with my youngest starting 1st grade, my middle starting 5th grade, and my oldest starting 7th grade. This is a bittersweet feeling, an end to the "little kid" season of my life.
I tossed and turned for a long time last night, remembering how first grade is such a year of transition. At the beginning of the year they are still so young, and by the end they are more mature, more responsible. The days of them wanting to hold my hand are numbered, and the times that my youngest wants to curl up on my lap or snuggle next to me will likely end before I realize the time that was the last time.
It is the end of one season, and the beginning of another. More than anything, I love watching them grow, and helping them to be independent. I love listening to them as they learn to voice their own opinions. It's frightening too. They are so pure and innocent, how do I make sure I am not making them afraid ... Of new experiences and different places. How do I make sure they aren't afraid to take chances, to try new things, that they feel empowered and confident to be who they are?
Today, like most days, I am so grateful for this career and this business. All of my children were born after I started in real estate. Having the flexibility to be there for them, to volunteer in their classrooms, to be present is truly a gift. I tried to trade that in once for more security, and learned very quickly that the price was high, too high for me. This is where I belong.
Do you have children starting back to school today?