Monday, August 23, 2010

New Beginnings

Thirteen years ago, The Young One boarded the kindergarten bus to begin her academic career.  Yesterday we drove her to WPI for this week's orientation program.

As Erica is fond of saying, we had a toad strangler rain though the wet didn't seem to dampen the spirits of the Class of 2014.

In the afternoon, the President of the college welcomed the class with 9 words that would guarantee them academic success: Go to class. Do the work. Ask for help.

This class has already set some records. There are 924 students that make up this class. The largest class to be admitted to the school. 34% of this class are young women. 1/3 of this class had a 4.0 GPA in their high school class. The average combined SAT score was 1294.

Watching her navigate the lines, deciding which programs to attend, she seems so mature, but at the same time so young. When I looked at the picture of her getting off the kindergarten bus, I couldn't help but think, this photograph was just taken yesterday. And at the same time I'm excited my baby is ready to spread her wings and soar.


  1. It's bittersweet, isn't it?
    I look at my kidlet and how much she's grown and I get a little sad. But I want her to grow up too.

  2. It's tricky being a mama.

  3. What an adorable picture!

    I'm right there with you.

    They're so grown up and so very little.

  4. What a wonderful photo! Just precious!

  5. Aw, even as we grow up, we still have awesome things to share with the pre-weebles! Ya never stop being a parent! No worries! I'm amazed at how often I still need my mom and dad. It never really ends.