Grade 1, Day 1

Yesterday was the last day of steroids (yay!) and also the last day of summer (boo!).  School started today.  I am struggling, but Mollie did amazingly well.  New school.  New bus procedures.  She knows no one.  Yet, she got off the bus smiling and telling me she had a great day!  She is my hero!

I can't stop comparing things to how they were in Augusta (bad, I know, but I just can't help it).  We had such a wonderful staff at the school and Mr. B, the bus driver, was one in a million.  It's just different here, new, and I don't know what to expect. There are other circumstances making back to school harder for me this year. Mollie isn't a brand new kindergartner any more, so they don't coddle them nearly as much.  And, aside from her teacher and the school nurse, no one knows about the leukemia.  You can't tell from looking at her and we decided we didn't need to send home a letter to her classmates this year.  If she chooses to talk about it,  she can.  We may ask her teacher to say something to the kids about her absences (at least once per month for clinic), but probably not.  It is hard for me to meet and talk to people without immediately telling them about the leukemia- it has been such a big part of my life.

Mostly, I am wondering where my little girl went.  Now she's a big first grader!
Mollie and Liam on Mollie's first day of First Grade

Soaking in the sprinkler on the last weekend before school starts.


  1. I hear ya...on much of it, I understand. Change is really hard.
    Hugs, Nicola

  2. Mr. B is as wonderful as ever. Isabella really misses Mollie on the bus ride. A lot. She was so happy to see her last Friday. I still remember how she squealed when she saw Mollie.

  3. Michelle, Mollie misses Isabella too. So much. She loves to wear her hand-me-downs because they remind her of Isabella!

  4. I've been thinking about you guys and all the "new" things you've had to deal with, praying you all adjust quickly and find a new group of wonderful people to surround yourselves with.

    I'm glad Mollie had a great 1st day of school. She is so growny, I'm sure she did fabulous.

    Think of you guys, miss you.

  5. Mr. B is so great - one of a kind and a great guy.
    Mollie is still stylin' I see. I'm sure she will do well in school. She has learned how to get on with life.
    Wrong forum I know but "hi" to Isabella, Michelle & Marv. You are great folks and have been wonderful friends.

  6. I love Mollie's first day of school dress! She looks so cute! Hope this is a great first week of school.

  7. You are all my heroes!! Mollie looks so happy and healthy! Liam and Lucy surely are growing fast--hope all is going well with unpacking and organizing.

    Theresa (Matt's second cousin)

  8. Remarkable bravery from both Mollie and you! I'm so proud of her and think she has more guts about facing new things than I ever will.

  9. You are too cute, Mama!!! It's so interesting to read the how and why you're handling things in the new place. Thanks for sharing all you do :)


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