The requirements are this:
1.) A smile
2.) Name tag
3.) A backpack
Everyone told me I would cry, I disagreed, thinking he is ready for this, he needs this, he will only benefit from this. And then I loaded him and Julia in the car. Drove the ten minutes to his school, and pulled into the parking lot.
In the rearview mirror I saw a mother tuck the hair behind her daughters ear. I gave Cole a look over, licked my thumb and wiped banana remains from his face, unbuckled his carseat, told him to be good, and listen to his teachers.
He gave Julia and I a kiss goodbye, then looked at me and said, "will you miss me?", I smiled and said, " of course."
Then a teacher was at his side, Cole was beaming, name tag on, backpack in hand. Today, I watched my first baby walk into school, and the warm tears fill my eyes.
Today was a first, the first of many.