into first grade

She hugged me good and big after it all today (picture running into my open arms)! She and I are having a different year: our days will be spent a part. This is new skin we are putting on, and mine is probably harder at adjusting to this newness than hers. So I didn't cry even though my heart was tight and I had to catch my breath to stop it, but I was full of joy, relief, noticing how she held confidence and a smile on this day and stepped into first grade.