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Lynda Loveland: That one picture

Posted May 30, 2013

Lynda Loveland

Sometimes it’s the little things that get ya.

This has been a crazy couple of weeks in my family. Today is the last day of school, so there has been all kinds of celebrations, outings and plays involving my kids.

My youngest is finishing kindergarten. It’s a big year in their lives. It’s the transition from little kid to big kid. For my husband and me, it was also the transition from paying daycare to NOT paying daycare.

I was at Carys’ end of year celebration getting ready to watch a slideshow when her teacher warned us there could be waterworks. Several parents reached for tissues. I thought, nah, I’ll be fine. And I was, up to a point.

I saw a picture of Carys on her first day looking sooo excited. I thought, how sweet! Most of the pics were of her mugging for the camera with her friends. She had such a great year and she was so fortunate to have a fantastic teacher.

Then “the” picture came up. That one picture that told me in no uncertain terms that my baby girl was no longer my baby girl. She was a big girl now who went from loving princesses at the beginning of the year to loving Taylor Swift at the end.

The picture was very simple. Carys was caught off guard so she wasn’t making a silly face or smiling. She was simply looking into the camera, almost expressionless. But there was so much to see. Like the baby fat that used to be in her cheeks and the clothes that looked more tweenish than toddlerish.

In one second, in one picture, I felt like I lost my baby girl.

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of 101.5 WRAL-FM's The Mix Morning Show. Find her here on Thursdays. Click here to check out her Facebook page.


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  • jennifer23 Jun 1, 2013

    I am one year behind you with my "baby" girl. I absolutely understand. Her graduation from preschool was very emotional, so I know I'm going to need some kind of intervention on her first day of kindergarten. Not to mention that my first born is a rising high school freshman. :/ However, a very wise woman once told me how fortunate I am to be able to witness all these milestones. That simple statement helps to bring it all into perspective.

  • ramclori May 31, 2013

    Yea, I kinda went through this same thing recently. The other day I was taking pictures of my son for his high school graduation announcement. We did some at his favorite love, the baseball field and some at his job, where he works on a farm. As I looked through the images, I thought to myself...what happened to that time span where he was driving his "Little Tikes" pickup truck until now, where he climbs on a REAL "John Deere" every day? It's amazing how fast they grow...but somewhere in those images, I saw that little boy again!

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  • DWH4sure May 31, 2013

    My baby girl is finishing elementary school too, going on to middle school. Hugs from her are priceless; she's far more interested in her friends and what someone said on Instagram these days. Funny, just last night I was talking to her and all of a sudden I could see the baby I held what feels like just a short time ago in the face of the pre-teen I was now talking to. It really hit me - she's growing up and I'm losing that little girl. But I'm so excited to see the young woman she's becoming!

  • khoggard May 31, 2013

    I know what you mean Linda. My "baby" boy is finishing elementary school this year & will be a 6th grader next year. It seems like only yesterday that he always wanted to "snuggle" with mommy. Now I am lucky if I get a hug & kiss. He has changed soooo much this year, getting taller & beginning to show signs of facial hair. I, too, feel as if I have lost my baby boy.

  • lec02572 May 30, 2013

    Every year is another chapter in our childrens lives. I have enjoyed the ups and downs of every chapter of our three childrens lives. Our oldest son just celebrated his 33rd Chpater, our second son is working on his 31st Chapter, and our baby girl is on her 26th Chapter. The two sons have children of their own and now they enjoy each chapter just as my wife and I have over the years. Enjoy each chapter as the story is everchanging.