Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Days of No More . . .

I am a little torn here.

Ellerie starts preschool today, and I don't know how to feel about it.

Part of me wants to do the happy dance at the thought of 2 hours that are mine, all mine, each day of the week.  Picture Daffy Duck with his duck arms laden with gold shouting obsessively "Mine! Mine! MINE!  All Mine!!!!"  Yep.  That would be me.

Daffy Duck in Ali Baba Bunny . . . Looney Toons . . .

But there's another part of me that will miss my little imp.

No more will I get to have a lunch date with my girl where we share a ketchup and dip our fries in at the same time so that they touch.

No more afternoon butterfly kisses or backyard picnics with 72 barbie doll babies.

No more choke hold hugs of excitement when I propose an afternoon walk or bike ride.

No more Ellerie to color my afternoons.


I am smack in the days of no more and it's enough to make me curl up in a ball and cry under my blankie until I remember . . .

No more will I discover permanent marker tattoos on her booty when I have to wipe her bottom.

No more will I find her "sharing" her afternoon pudding cup snack with the dog.

No more will I walk into the bathroom to find her plastering panty liners to the wall and declaring it artwork.

No more will I find crayola marker pictures on my floor to ceiling mirrors.

No more will I ever find Ellerie in a sea full of bubbles just after she poured bubble soap down the heating vent.


No more afternoon hurricane Ellerie.

I think that I could get used to this.

And I better line up one great gift certificate for her teacher. 

She is going to need it.


  1. Aww so sweet! My Meggie started Pre K on Monday. I miss her. It's so quiet at home now. It's amazing how fast I get things done now. I kind thought she'd cry and cling but no, she waved and hopped off. Now, I get to get nearly knocked over by three kids as they run from the bus to home and my arms.

  2. My Monkey started kindergarten on Monday. The days of no more are too depressing to blog about in my house. Ellerie sounds like great amounts of fun!

  3. So sad. My baby started 7th grade this week:( LOL about the pantyliners. #1 use to plaster them onto shirtless #2. I have photos of Grace (#2) walking around the house as a pantyliner mummy.

  4. I can's such a bittersweet milestone, isn't it?

  5. Before I got to your last few sentences I was thinking that you had better bribe her teacher with Starbucks and Michaels gift cards. :)

    On a regular basis.


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