First Days

I originally posted this on September 8, 2008, a few days after Aviva began kindergarten.

Today, Aviva confidently started third grade. It was Pearl who stood in that kindergarten line with her bright new Smurfs backback, matter-of-factly wiping my kisses from her cheek as I wiped the tears from mine.

And the song’s still true.

I let you go
Yeah I watched you grow
Saw you sitting in the chair there, all alone

You learned to walk
And you learned to talk
And now you run so fast
I wish you’d run all the way back home

With your moon blue eyes my child
And these changing skies above
I still love you
And I always will

Now you’re dancing free
To a song of your own
And I’m so proud
I could bust out at the seams

You’re so beautiful
I hope you’ll always know
Know that you’ll never
be alone

And when the day arrives my child
that you feel like crying out
You can find me here
Yeah you always will
You can find me here
Yeah you always will

For Aviva on her first day of kindergarten, 9/2/08

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