Our first day was a success! She got up, ate her breakfast, got dressed, teeth and hair brushed all in just 40 minutes. She even got 5 minutes to watch TV. She told me a couple of times that she was excited and nervous but smiled away as we took pictures out front. The bus was running about 10 minutes behind schedule, but we expected that. Our wonderful neighbors, Margaret and Katie, even came out to see Annabelle off on her first day. She never turned around as she got on the bus but as it pulled away we saw her smiling face looking out the window. I knew she would be OK after that.
I won't lie, I started to cry. Nothing dramatic but obviouly enough that a woman who was out walking her dog got emotional. She told me that I had brought her back to her kids first days of Kindergarten and she missed their being such little, big kids. Now that their big, big kids. Then Mark took me to IHOP for breakfast where I ate too many pancakes and I thought I'd burst. Grocery shopping and a stop at Tim Horton's for a hot apple cider and then a small nap before Annabelle got home. I made her favorite dinner, ricotta ravioli with salad and hot italian bread with butter. It was a perfect day.