My First Day #school #children #story


I see them walking past my window – new shoes, new back packs and I reflecti back…



“Mommy mommy I think I hear it.”

“Oh honey” she ruffled my hair lovingly “you still have another twenty minutes.”

“But shouldnt I be there just in-case” I said with a gap-toothed smile

“Let’s make sure you have everything ” she was trying to stall me I later realized.

“You have your pencils?”









“Hmm” I looked cross-eyed I hadn’t put that in my backpack. I opened the zipper. “Yes” I giggled knowing who put  my lunch in my pack.

“Milk money?”

“Yes” I felt in my pocket.

“How ’bout a kiss?”

“Nope none of those in here.” I teased.

I put my arms around mommy’s neck. I didn’t realize the sacrifice she made in watching me grow up. This was as big a step for her as it was for me.

“Ok then I think they are ready for you smarty pants.”

With that I looked down to check that my shoes were tied.I grabbed my sweater and my backpack and ran out the door.

I didn’t think to wave til I got to the end of the drive. All of a sudden I felt it too. The long invisible cord that connected my mommy and I was stretched as far as it would stretch. A tear reached my eye as I realized she could not go with me on this journey. “Bye bye” I yelled “I love you mommy.”


Today many children will go back to school while others will go for the very first time. This story is for the mothers and fathers who have to let go of their children so many times and so many ways.

Leslie Moon is a published children’s writer who has told stories to young and old the better part of her life. She writes many genres but she will always consider herself a children’s writer. Please check back as there will be stories each week to inspire the child in you.

Photograph “School Days” L. Moon copyright 2012

Published by moondustwriter

Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. In 2019, we have an exciting project. We are working with a team developing elementary curriculum for African children. As a writer, it is a thrill to help children who want to learn. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 10 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2012 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the (quiet) originator of the idea and co-producer of One Stop Poetry. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - thanks for stopping by.

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  1. ohhhh that seems such a long time ago ….had similar feelings for my daughter the day before her wedding ! she truly is now her own woman ! thank you for sharing x


  2. I love this. My little girl starts full time pre K tomorrow; the past 4 years I’ve been at home raising my daughter, loving every moment, but nonetheless complaining that I could get nothing done – writing, work, etc…
    Now I’ll have more time than I’ll know what to do with myself lol And spending it missing her every moment til I pick her up from school again 😉


  3. Leslie,

    I loved this story! It was beautiful.

    Our only son will start school next year and I already look toward that day with mixed emotions. I know my son wants to go to school and “thinks” he’s ready for the world. He already believes he knows what lies ahead and everything is planned out. He doesn’t know of dangers or horrors in the world. He knows nothing of the meanness of children. All i can do is prepare him as best i can and send him off next year. I know he’s ready for the world ….I just hope the world is ready for him.



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