Milestones just fly by you when you’re around little ones. New experiences blast towards you, and sometimes fly past without creating a breeze. Other times, it’s tougher.
When my son was a little guy, we realized that every new experience was really three days of transition. After that, it would mostly be ok. Except for one thing – leaving was hard — watching Dad leave for work, being left at preschool, watching Grandma and Grandpa go home, that kind of thing. One of the day care staff suggested we have a routine when we parted, so we started doing send-offs with a sort of jumping jack thing they did – I’m a pencil! (arms straight up in the air) I’m a star! (arms and legs out like a jumping jack) We still do it sometimes for fun, although not when I drop him off at work or high school. I would enjoy that; he would not.
Goodbye Brings Hello is a reminder of all of the successes in front of you when you’re a little one. Some of them are tough, yes, but with people who love you and a little encouragement, everything will be ok.
Goodbye Brings Hello by Dianne White and Daniel Wiseman.