September 6, 2008

Haven's First Day of Kindergarten

I distinctly remember one hot, Hawaiian afternoon, holding a very clingy baby, that would cry if I tried to set her down, even to use the facilities, if you know what I'm sayin'.  I ran the vacuum, the faucet, swung her and watched ridiculous amounts of Baby Einstein's, Baby Neptune.  I was the center of the universe for this baby girl, and I honestly wondered how she would ever survive in school without me, for 2 or 3 hours a day.  Fast forward 5 years, and off she skipped to her classroom without even looking back at Nick and I hovering over the sidewalk.  Tears welled up in my eyes and I was thinking...."How am I going to survive these 2 or 3 hours everyday?"  Someone tell me where the time goes?  I still feel like a young, brand new mother, but with 3 little ones under my belt and a certified kindergartner no less... I'm not looking the part of a rookie Mom.  

I am a church primary teacher for quite a few of the kids that started school with Haven.  One beautiful, bright, timid, girl, in my class expressed the most honest, profound concern, to my question.  "What are some of the things you are worrying about when you start school?  She said "I'm worried that the other kids will think I'm ugly and poke me in the eye."   My mouth hung open for a second when she finished her sentance.  I'd never said it out loud or even really recognized previous to her innocent response, that...in fact, I still sometimes feel that way, when I have to meet a bunch of new people.  How crazy is that?  Welcome to the world of girl self esteem, Honey.  May you never listen to that little voice inside your head that wonders if everyone might think your ugly and perhaps poke you in the eyeball!  AMEN.




11 comments:

Vaitai 6 said...

How sweet! Haven is just beautiful Oms. I see both you and Nick in her, the best! AND I love that she can sport her silipa's (lol!) Why couldn't we do that back in the day???

But I totally understand the 'wondering where the baby years went' feelings! But I guess she'll always be your baby girl!

BTW- LOVE your interview with Natalie Norton. She's awesome!

H@ll! said...

Omi, You're such a great blogger. I'm new to the blogging world, but hope to live up to yours one day. I love how you captured Haven's first day of school...priceless. Keep up the good work, missy.
~Halli

{nonu}6 said...

Haven is just beautiful! And before you know it all 3 of them will be in school. Sad. But on a lighter note, will you really consider doing a workshop?

Unga Fam said...

Om,

WOW I don't know why but I busted into tears when I started reading this post... I guess because secretly I wish I could go back to those days when Haven screamed in the back seat with me all the way to Kaneohe and those days of watching Baby Einstein with her.. The Hawaiian breeze and Foodland. More than that I think that I really miss you and Nick and my good friends,my family... I wish I were there to share these moments.

Thanks for reconsidering the blogging world... HA HA! Maybe it is good for some things like letting Haven's auntie across the way share moments like this!

Love you sis,
Nate, Nat Nat, Natty Ghan etc. etc.

OMIPHOTOGRAPHER said...
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Pahulu Family said...

Such a little woman with her cute purse. Haven reminds me of Bruce, as I thought he couldn't handle kindergarten and would want to be home with his siblings, to our dismay he walked into his classroom and never looked back. They grow so fast don't they!

OMIPHOTOGRAPHER said...

Nat...can you please give me permission to see your blog!? I can't get onto it..and I keep forgetting to tell you so.....Pretty Please!! Love you

Junior and Pua said...

Oh my gosh..she's TOO cute, and looks SO excited to start school! I remember when you were still expecting Haven, and now she's in Kindergarten..seriously, time goes too quickly! Eden starts part-time Preschool tomorrow..I want to cry just thinking about it!

Unga Fam said...

Om,
www.ungafamily.blogspot.com You should be able to get to it!

hugs,
Nat

Anonymous said...

Omi, I can't tell you how thrilled I was to see Haven's "first day of school" pictures. It's almost as good as being there--at least, as good as it can get besides that option. I love that not-so-little-any-more girl! May she stay just as happy with school as she is now...
Love, Tohara Mama

Anonymous said...

Um Omz, you've got a dress code violation with the shoes...lol...i only said that cause we talked about it. I guess its been more than a week since i've been on. Haven looks adorable. BTW, she did great last nite with the sleep over. Have a great sunday! Luv...rene.