• Nasrene

    Way to go Leta. I still remember my first day of kindergarten and crying my eyes out too..fortunately I have a few more years before I have to see my own daughter off (since she’s not even two yet).
    Man, I wish they had Princess Castles in grad school…

  • Stacy

    As a 42-year-old woman who never felt a maternal urge in her life, I have to say this:

    Heather, please don’t ever stop blogging until long after I’m dead.

    I’ll never have children, but I feel as though I get a tiny glimpse into the joys and heartaches and love and frustration and hope and anguish and pure delight motherhood must hold.

    I love what you have to say as much as I love how you express it. I am so grateful for the laughter and tears I have had over the past four or five years of following your lives.

    Thanks again.

  • Jess F.

    I love the pose in her snazzy first-day-of-school outfit. She can take on the world!

  • http://www.shelbyrosesauls.blogspot.com Beth


  • Libertad

    Congratulations on making it through your first day of kindergarten. She really is the cutest!

  • smodan

    #41: YOU LIE!

  • Claudia

    OH HEATHER! You make me think that parenting might not be the weirdest thing on the planet. I hope this is just the start of a deliciously, deliriously pleasant school year!

  • Alexandra

    Absolutely breathtaking writing…just beautifully written.

  • Kim

    My daughter is 20 months old and already does that constant talking thing – I can only imagine what it’s going to be like when she goes to school. I can imagine what I will be like: a blubbering mess.

    Thanks for this, Heather –

    oh, and I love her posing for the camera. So cute!

  • http://riogringa.typepad.com Rachel

    I’m 24 and some of my most distinct childhood memories are of kindergarten. It was a wonderful time and one of the few times I was really uncorrupted by the world. After that, it’s all downhill.

  • Brandy

    My five year old just started kindergarten, she loves it, but I am a weepy mess!

  • http://www.kareneolson.com Karen Olson

    We have gone through seven years of school with no sandwiches in the lunchbox. My daughter is in seventh grade and still refuses to have a sandwich for lunch. My husband makes up a tray of baked chicken thighs every Sunday night, and she has a piece of chicken and a tomato and mozzarella salad. Every day. For lunch.

    Except when we went to Paris this summer. She discovered French baguettes and camambert cheese. For seven days she had that for lunch. And now she’s back to chicken. Sigh.

  • http://www.glassofwin.com Rachael

    Your Leta posts are still my favorite. I hope to experience these wonderful moments one day!

    “And I won’t even bring up the burritos.”

    Depending on just how many glasses of wine you partake in, the hell you won’t!

  • Sandee

    Savor the non-stop dialogue.
    When she’s in high school, you’ll get nothing!

  • http://mumologic.wordpress.com Mumologic

    I believe Dr.Robert Atkins said that in a press conference once: “Bread is just the grossest thing ever, and you can quote me on that.”

  • Lisa Gallien

    We are in the meeting the kids for a glass of wine and dinner stage now and it is WONDERFUL. Enjoy the ride to there because as I’m sure you’ve heard umpteen million times: it’s a quick one…

  • KeriG

    Kudos, Dooce. You captured the moment perfectly.

  • kym b

    that was a truly beautifully written story. you rock. at motherhood and writing.

  • CarrieB

    Heather – this made me weep. Thank you for sharing, and again, reminding me that we parents (scratch that, we people) are all more connected than we generally realize and give thought to.

  • http://frenchtoastgirl.com Elena

    Yay, CONGRATULATIONS! You all have come such a long way.

    Peter and Angela just started Kindergarten this week, too! They went on their first school bus ride and I couldn’t help thinking about how they were preemies and medicine and the monitors and PPD and all that – and now? They climb on the bus, and they have a fantastic day. Simple.

    Your post is lovingly and beautifully written, as always.

  • Jesi

    I love that story. I can’t even imagine what it will be like when my babies start school, but I know it will be special. Thank you for sharing your life with us!! You always make me laugh and help me feel a little less crazy :) At least I am not the only mom out there that needs to step out on the deck and scream obsenities sometimes!!

  • Holly

    What a cute little sassy picture.

  • Jon_and_Kate_Plus_Dooce

    Did you mention this precious child on The Bonnie Hunt show? hmm….

    “asshead in the building” came in over the loudspeaker when you walked in

    Now go pop pills and have your assistant and creepy houseboy (i mean husband) make fake comments to this post…

  • Kristin

    What a great post!! Your daughter sounds so remarkably full of life. We took our older daughter to college 2 weeks ago, and I cried tears just like you did. We met her for dinner on Sunday, and she had the same intensity of databurst that you described! OK – so, guys and football games and sorority houses replaced the princess castle and computers…but it’s the same thing. It is so fun to experience it all through their eyes – just like you did with Leta.

    A reminder to us all to savor the moments…

  • http://www.wildtochild.com Wild to Child

    OMG! I’m SO not looking forward to the first day of kindergarten. Leta looked absolutely adorable. You should be so proud!


  • Lesley from Sydney

    That brought tears to my eyes. The way you described that day is exactly how I felt 6 (6 ?!!) years ago when I dropped my beautiful boy Jack at his first day of kindergarten. *sigh*
    Now he’s nearly as tall as I am & in those pre-teen/grumpy/nearly-hormonal-hell that is to live with a teenager. Enjoy these years!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Does her shirt say Leta or am i just illiterate? If it does, FABULOUS.


    She’s gonna be one of those genius-types I tell my parents I am.

  • http://heymrswilson.net Mrs. Wilson

    You’re an amazing mom. And your kid is awesome. And that’s all I have to say about that.

  • http://sara-sundries.blogspot.com Sara

    I wrote about the same event for my daughter just a few weeks ago on my blog. It is quite a transition. I’m still not quite sure what has happened to me! My daughter loves it as well, and I’m so proud of her, but it is hard to let go.

  • Karen

    As a kindergarten teacher, I see the first day of school for so many little ones and it never, ever gets old. The love in your and Leta’s story is so apparent and beautiful that it brought tears to my eyes. And now you know the secret of all kindergarten teachers–their tears are our tears, and their happiness is ours. It never ceases to amaze me watching the first separations. I am equally amazed on the one day of school that I don’t like, the last day. On that day your children have come to feel like my own and I must now let them go. There is nothing quite so spectacular as kindergarten.

  • Jill

    I’m 43 and still flashback to those initial waves of fear whenever I happen to walk into a kindergarten room.

    Sounds like Leta will be fine.

  • Elizabeth L

    This made me cry at the end. I feel the same way with my 3.5 year old starting preschool. I can’t wait for the wine drinking when she’s a mom. It’s crazy to think of that stuff already but I guess I’m not the only one.

  • Ann

    Tears are falling on my keyboard! My little girl started middle school in a new town a couple of weeks ago and I cried! She also still talks non stop!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • http://jamielorenz.xanga.com/ Jamie

    love it

  • Lauren

    I love a Leta story…and I must say, your blog has been awesome these last few weeks.

    I have been reading for about a year now, and how I found your blog is hilarious (at least to me). One of my dogs had an intestinal obstruction, and of course I consulted the Internet about it. In my searches, I came across the post about Chuck pooping out a whole corn dog stick. Hooked ever since.

  • Amy

    I am so happy for you, leta and your family. Good luck for the next twelve years!

  • Anonymous

    She is adorable!!!

    Jack used to throw out his lunch. THROW IT OUT. The teacher had to take me aside one day and asked me if I was forgetting to pack his lunch.. I was horrified. What, they think I don’t feed my child?!! then she explained that he was going to the staff room to pick out some leftovers which included very delicious food from SUBWAY, and donuts. donuts. They gave him donuts? And yeah, I would have caught on to that too if I was 8 yeas old…

    THe very next day the teacher caught him trying to huck his fruit cup in the garbage, and has had her eye on him ever since. He doesn’t so that anymore now that she told him only vegetables are in the staff room, I love her.

  • http://bushbabe.blogspot.com Bush Babe

    Is it really annoying when people go “I know EXACTLY how you feel!”? Cause I just nodded the entire way through this post… Violet is a shocker at eating. For no good reason… her big brother was tube fed (TUBE FED, Heather) for a year and now eats like a freaking horse. And Violet, who has NOTHING wrong with her besides a series case of CONTROL FREAK-ness, refuses almost everything healthy. She lives on tube yoghurt, bread-and-butter sandwiches (no crust) and Weet Bix. And banana smoothies. I nearly chucked a party when she deigned to try the smoothies… actual fruit entering my daughter!!!

    So I hear you sister… *whispers nervously* … but despite almost two years of Kindy, she has NOT improved her menu repertoire and today clung to me and cried. *sigh*

    Yay for today’s pizza… breakthrough!!

    PS Is there any way this comments section can REMEMBER me… sick of typing my details in each comment!!! :-)

    PPS Word ver is “crockery stammers’… do you set these things up???

  • http://www.momastery.blogspot.com Momastery

    Wow. My little guy used to get in the car after preschool and before I could open my mouth to ask, he’d say:

    “MOM. I don’t want to talk about it.”

    Congratulations, Heather.

  • Lynn

    My 2nd daughter also was like Leta at meal time – NEVER ate sandwiches and still proclaims proudly that she has never tasted an orange. Also had a phobia of food touching and ate stufff one thing at a time. But now she is a 7th grade teacher in Hawaii and emails me often about how wonderful the salmon or the salad was that she had the other day while eating out with friends…so they do change…but it takes FOREVER! P.S. She even deals with bugs now by herself!

  • jackie

    Woah, there, 41, do you really want to call someone with as high a loyal readership as dooce an asshead on *her own turf*? Because aside from the fact that its just incorrect, you’re in an arena where THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE are going to think *you’re* the asshead, whether you agree with them or not. What are you trying to accomplish? This doesn’t seem like an effective way to work out all that anger towards your mother. You’re just going to be more hated than you already are. OK great thanks.

  • Lola

    Her pose says…. Look out world! Here I come… me and my fancy school clothes….and my burrito!

  • Peggy

    My MIL talks about my husband(JP) starting kindergarten and the first day went great. The second day she got a call from a friend and they asked what days JP was supposed to be in school and it was every day. They called to tell her that JP was at their house helping replace a water heater. When my MIL shows up to take him to school he whined because he has already done school!

  • Terri

    Mine will be 15 next week and hasn’t stopped to breath while talking in, oh, at least 10 years! Usually I have to say “I can’t understand a word you’re saying” and she will then slow down, but just barely enough so I can make out every third or fourth word, enough to consider it a conversation.

    It goes by SO FAST! I can’t believe she’s almost 15, yesterday went to a movie with a boy she liked (with the boys mother – no dating or hugging boys until she’s at least 16), she’s a cheerleader and a straight A student – I have nothing to complain about, except that it all goes TOO FAST.

    Just like the talking. It just becomes a big blur.

  • Caitlin

    I sometimes forget how very young Leta is, and think she’s 8 or 9. Maybe it’s because she sounds like an older, wiser soul when you write about her. Glad kindergarten turned out well; I’m 20 and still miss my mom when I go off to college. I guess we’ll always miss our moms, huh?

  • Randi

    Oh good lord does that gorgeous child ever look like her handsome father. You are a very lucky woman, and Leta and Marlo are such lucky little girls to have you.

  • Stacey

    i just got all teary-eyed…thinking about the future and my daughter, alternating saying: “wahhhhh….why does she have to grow up?” and in the next breath — “weeeeeeeh — i can’t wait until she grows up and we can have a glass of wine together or cook together and/or talk about men together…, etc.” wow. thanks.

  • Maura

    Amazing. I haven’t posted in years…but this one really got me Heather. I have a 1st grader and one that will start K next fall. 2 girls. Anyway, you got me to cry. It’s such an emotional thing for us moms, isn’t it? I still can’t believe that she is so big. I remember the post on Leta’s due date – wasn’t there a handwritten sign on your belly? Something about eviction??

    It surprises me too that she was clinging to you. The pic is all sassy ;) I know lots about sass in my house with two girls. Although now that Fiona is 7 we rarely see it.

  • Stacey

    I have tears in my eyes. I have seen my kids off on the bus everyday since kindergarten. They are now in 6th and 8th grade. This year, I walked them to the bus stop accompanied by much eye rolling and wincing when they saw I brought the camera. Too grown up for photo ops. But then, as the bus pulled away, I saw my daughter’s face in the window smiling at me, all proud and nervously excited for her first day of middle school. The little buggers can get to you at any age.

  • Anonymous

    OMFG-those are THE BEST pair of back-to-school shoes EVER!!! She couldn’t help but have a great beginning, strutting around in those kick-ass kicks. She is so big! Congrats, on both the 1st day of kindergarten AND your daughter’s AWESOME fashion sense.