As a parent I have had many great moments. In these moments, I have felt countless emotions, among them pride, humor, excitement, embarrassment and stress. I recently had the honor of being the mystery reader to my youngest daughter’s Kindergarten class. As I began walking to the classroom, it hit me: This is my last baby and the last time I will be the Kindergarten mystery reader. Before I opened the classroom door, my nerves started to set in just a bit. I was overly excited (and nervous) to read to the class. What if I skipped a word, or worse, missed an entire page? What if I dropped the book? It was like I was in school all over again! I was experiencing some of the same worries my kids have on a daily basis.
After much consideration it finally hit me…. all my hard work is starting to pay off. My kids miss me when I am gone, look to see if I am watching them cross the finish line, race off the bus to show me their final grades and light up with joy when I walk in their classroom. I have crossed one of the many hurdles of motherhood and finally won the gold medal of joy.