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Parents- have you gotten teary-eyed or cried when dropping your child off for the first day of kindergarten?

Asked by WillWorkForChocolate (23098points) August 22nd, 2011

I did with my oldest and I did it again this morning with my little one. Just got misty-eyed and didn’t let my daughter see; I didn’t want her to think something was wrong…

She’s been my tiny little girl for so long and now she’s a big girl, going to school! What made it even worse was that when I turned on my radio in the car, the station was playing “Butterfly Kisses” dangit!

I wouldn’t have it any other way, of course, but it’s still bittersweet to watch your children growing up so quickly, don’t you think?

Have you cried or gotten misty-eyed when you dropped your kid(s) off for their first day of school?

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Aethelwine's avatar

Of course I have, though I cry very easily. We just dropped our oldest son off at college for his sophomore year and I got all teary eyed for that too. =)

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

My mother did the same thing when I went to college. Think about that.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I’m pretty much doing that already and it’s not even September 8th yet! I’m pretty sure I will cry all morning.

john65pennington's avatar

Nope, never had this problem.

Now dropping off my son for the first day in the first grade…......that was a different story.

We never had kindergarten.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Yeah… I’m going to have to ask you to shutup now, lol.

tom_g's avatar

Heck, I tried to look through some old photos of my kids this weekend and was unable to see through the ridiculous stream of tears. I’m pathetic.
Having kids is tough because like everything, they change. You just want to hold onto them forever and let them grow at the same time. Pain. Joy. Pain. Joy.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Just don’t listen to the song “Butterfly Kisses” and you’ll do better, haha. That one damn song tore me up on the way to the school.

And my teeny girl is already wanting to be so independent! She wants to ride the school bus with her big sister. I’d have a problem with that if we didn’t live so close to the school. She says she knows where to go in the mornings and that “I can do it myself!” That’s her favorite thing to say these days, even in gymnastics when she’s learning something hard. It’s hard to watch her grow up, when she’s been my fragile little princess for so long.

Cruiser's avatar

Yes especially when my son started 6th grade tears were free flowing as I drove away. That was a very special day for us!

_zen_'s avatar

Yeah, @WillWorkForChocolate – even I got misty eyed.

It’s a special day, it is, for little willlearnforchocolate. Enjoy.

YoBob's avatar

Kindergarten wasn’t so hard as we would walk them there and walk in with them.

First grade, however, was the hardest for me as it was the first time we let them out of the car at the curb and watched them walk themselves into the school building.

Hard to believe that was almost a decade ago.That little guy I got all teary eyed watching walk into his first day at elementary school is now at his first day of high school today.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

WillWorkForChocolate She also got teary when I moved into my own apartment. But those might have been tears of joy.

wundayatta's avatar

Are you kidding? First day of kindergarten is bad, but just wait until the first choral concert. Oh man! It was pretty overwhelming for me. Turned me into mush. Sigh. I spent all my life learning how to not show my feelings only to be utterly undone by my kids. Shoot! I get teary-eyed just thinking about it.

tom_g's avatar

Wait…Isn’t it August 22nd? People are starting school already? My kids don’t start until September 7th.

Aethelwine's avatar

@tom_g Our children just had their first day today. I wish school would start after Labor Day, especially with the heat that comes with August. :/

Hibernate's avatar

Nah .. But I remember I did not want to stay in kindergarten when I was a little boy. I remember one lady there [working in the kitchen brought me something to eat. I can’t recall what it is but I stayed because I wanted more free stuff ^^ I can say I was tricked but after that day I did not want to go home because I was hoping I’ll get some more before leaving.
Gosh .. it’s been a while. This made my day.

Thanks for the question ^^

linguaphile's avatar

I have a 9 year old and a 19 year old… I still get teary eyed when both of them do something new. I also get teary eyed going through boxes of their pictures and old schoolwork—that’s what I’ve been doing for the last 4 days, going through old boxes and sorting into piles: mine, son’s, daughter’s, ex’s etc.

I’ll probably have to be drugged for their weddings, or I’ll bawl through the whole thing. So, you’re not alone @WillWorkForChocolate… not alone at all! :D

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

@wundayatta I know! My 10 yr old didn’t want to do choir, but she signed up for orchestra this year and brought home her new violin today. Her first concert is Dec 12th and I know I’ll be a blubbering mess!

MissAusten's avatar

My kids all ride the bus to school, and with each of them I got teary-eyed on the first day of kindergarten, watching that bus pull away.

Sometimes I get a little teary seeing my daughter get on the bus, and she’s in middle school. I know she’s one of the quirky kids and sometimes get teased and I find myself thinking how much nerve it takes just to get on the bus at that age when kids can be so awful.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Ah, @WillWorkForChocolate , I got a little misty on Katawagrey’s first day as well…then again the first time she cooked me dinner in her own apartment…there’s always something…

Aethelwine's avatar

My 7 yr old daughter just had group photos taken for her dance class. Guess who got all teary-eyed. lol

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