She started school this morning and she seemed so very small, as I walked there beside her in the Kindergarten hall.

And as she took her place beside the others in the class, I realized how all too soon those first few years can pass.

Remembering, I saw her as she first learned how to walk.  The words that we alone made out when she began to talk.

This little girl so much absorbed in learning how to write.  It seems as though she must have  grown to girlhood overnight.

My eyes were blurred but hastily I brushed the tears away.  Lest by some word or sign of mine I mar her first big day.

Oh how I longed to stay with her and keep her by the hand.  To lead her through the places that she couldn’t understand.

And something closely kin to fear was mingled with my pride.  I knew she would no longer be a baby by my side.

But she must have her chance to live, to work her problems out.  The privelege to grow and learn what life is all about.

And I must share my little girl with friends and work and play;

She’s not a baby anymore – She’s in Kindergarten today.

The hardest thing about sending Maggie to Kindergarten was the the fact that other people get to see her more than me.  However, I can’t think of a more special teacher to share my girl with. She had a great first day and can’t wait to go back tomorrow.