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May I Introduce Myself...

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March 6, 2008

My name is Kelly. I work as a communication manager for a local bank. I'm married to a great guy, Mike, and our child, Macy Ellen will start Kindergarten this fall. This is a fun new aspect to our journey as parents and because there are thousands of other moms and dads our there in the same place in their lives, I agreed to blog about our experience.

A few weeks ago our daughter tuned five. I remember turning to my husband that day and saying ‘wow...five-years-old?!' We spent a few minutes talking about how fast the past five years (and nine months) have gone and we laughed. Then the conversation turned somber when it hit me that there's no denying it anymore-my baby is five and this year she'll start school. Wow.

Of course this is not a new topic for us, but for some reason now that she is five it really hit home. In that moment I got a little weepy just thinking about her walking into a classroom wearing a backpack and entering this new world of S-C-H-O-O-L. That's not to say Mike wasn't affected by the conversation but when it comes to "our baby" I wear my heart on my sleeve, he says, and I don't disagree. We've been married 13 years so he knows this topic is one of the few where I morph from being I'm a normal, highly functioning, (and I think pretty funny) working-class person into a teary-eyed, mom who can be a little unreasonable (there, I admitted it!).

So when the folks at KHQ asked me to write about preparing for Macy's first day of school I said yes, but I surprised myself a little bit because when it comes to things like this I'm generally a pretty private person. I'm hoping this blog will be cathartic for me and possibly even create a forum to talk it out with other parents-at a bare minimum I know it will assist me in putting this experience into perspective, which I'm positive my husband is happy about!

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