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Linda Bartosik...
First steps of a beginning writer/artist/illustrator. Follow me on my journey. Read More...

My newest book now available on Amazon!

My newest book now available on Amazon!

Many treasures lie under the sea, but will Alistar find the one that will make ‘The Perfect Birthday Present’ for his mom? Join this adventurous little sea star and his best buddy Barnaby (a blob fish) as they travel through the beautiful deep blue sea, meeting many other creatures of the deep. When the two friends finally stumble upon the perfect present, Alistar needs to make a difficult decision, which only he can make. When he does, the little sea star learns that there are times when it is not the present that is important, but the thought behind it.

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My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

For Linda Crowley, the first day of the year had always been set aside to work on new, positive beginnings and 1970 was no different. Her husband and children were by all accounts healthy and no one even considered the terrible thought that tragedy would strike before the day was over, and life as she had known it was gone.

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My first illustrating project available on Amazon

My first illustrating project available on Amazon

Haley doesn't have a normal pet she has a goat, Ralph. He thinks he's having fun but he's causing untold trouble for Haley. Trouble seems to follow Ralph everywhere he goes only he doesn't know it. Haley's father says Ralph has to be sold!

First Day of School – From Mom’s Eyes

Today I’m sharing my post that will appear tomorrow in the Cape Cod Mommies Blog because it touches the hearts of moms everywhere – especially in August!

20130820-120850.jpg This post first appeared in my blog Another Day Goes By on January 5, 2011. It’s a post I keep close at hand for when it’s time to send my children out into the world, without me. September is near and whether its kindergarten or college your sending them off to, take comfort in knowing you’re not alone. You’re just being a mom. Enjoy.

Today I miss teaching more than ever. I walked into yoga and my instructor was really anxious about her first child starting school. I told her (as a kindergarten teacher of 35 years) that both she and her son would be okay. I said I’ve known you and your child for over thirty years and there wasn’t a one of you that wasn’t okay.

The first day of school is a most painful experience for moms. You hand them their lunchbox, put them on the bus, go in the house and your heart is in pieces all over the livingroom. As you pick up the pieces you cry and tell yourself this is right and necessary. They’ve got to go out there and do it on their own. You’re confident you’ve given them all you had and they can now deal with life beyond your backyard. All you can do all day until that bus pulls back up at three o’clock is pray and ask that an angel be on their shoulder.

The next “first day” that rips your heart out is leaving them at college. Now you’ve had 18 years to give them all you’ve got to survive in the adult world, and you have to believe you emptied the attic, the basement, and every closet. This time they’re not coming home at 3 o’clock and you’ve got a lot of nights to sit up and pray that that same angel lives in that dorm room with them. Once again, when you get home, your heart is in pieces, not only all over the livingroom, but down the hall and into their bedroom, and in the diningroom where their pictures are hung, and in the bathroom where you find the wet towel on the floor that they used that morning. No one but a mother understands an empty house with pieces of her children all over it mixed with the pieces of her heart.

And just when we think they are sinking out there in the world, being tossed about on an angry sea and you want to rush to save them, you look up and there they are, flying steady and strong on their own.

Only a mom’s heart knows the hardest part of love is letting go……

If you are a mom reading this, please go download The Hardest Part of Love by Jane Olivor, grab a box of tissues and sit down and cry with me. We will all be okay.

And so, as another day goes by, September is creeping closer, my thoughts are turning to all things fall, and…I have written.

PS – Photo: Eliza’s Kindergarten Surprise, by Alice B. McGinty is a is a heart warming story to share with your future kindergartener – and a great going away gift, with a batch of cookies, for your future college freshman! 🙂

2 comments to First Day of School – From Mom’s Eyes

  • My 4-year-old is due to start school in just a few hours. To say I am feeling wobbly about it is an understatement! It was good to read your post and know that I am not on my own feeling like this. Thank you.

    • L.B. Miller

      I’m so glad this post helped you not feel alone. I’m posting on tomorrow or Friday and I’m including a video you will absolutely love! Hope your child’s first day was a good one! 🙂

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