Today I can’t shake that Janis Joplin song, Take Another Little Piece of My Heart.  You know, the one that goes:

“Come on, come on, come on, come on

And take it, take another little piece of my heart now, baby..”

You see, Em started second grade today.

Every year I think it will get a little easier to put her on the bus for that first day, and every year I stand there with an apple-sized lump in my throat.  I can’t even imagine what it will be like next year when Jay gets on with her to go to kindergarten.  Yes, it is true that I am looking forward to having some time of my own again after a busy summer.  I am eager to get back into my work, to put a string of weeks and months of focus into my writing instead of snatching minutes and hours here and there.  I just wish I could do all that without time passing by so quickly.

Because a piece of my heart walked onto that school bus this morning.

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  1. She looks beautiful!!

  2. Ditto, she looks lovely Julie. I will cherish the days I have left with Matthew before I get more writing time, I mean he goes to SK 😉 Hope the first day went well.

  3. I know the feeling. We start on Monday and it’s 5th grade! Ho hum…so cherish the days…

  4. What an adorable little girl! I think they are always a small piece of us, wherever they may roam…..

  5. Thanks to you all for your comments and well-wishes. Despite the fact that I am amazed at how much girl drama there is even in the second grade, our first week has gone well.

  6. she is cute,
    thanks for sharing!

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