Well, I survived it again … The first day of school, but it was so hard walking into the quiet house after I got home.
The day before school started I went to rent a movie for my daughter and thought, We can watch it tomorrow during the day. Then it hit me. No, we can’t because she’ll be in school.Boo-hoo!
That night before the big “first day” of school I burst into tears at bedtime. The next morning I got all teary-eyed when helping my second-grader tie her shoes. She said, “Are the kindergarten moms going to be crying a lot?”
I nodded and tried to hide my own sniffle.
She gave me a suspicious look. “Are you going to be crying?”
I nodded again. “Probably.”
The waterworks started, but I managed to choke out, “I’ll be so lonely without you.”
She held open her arms and wrapped them around my neck. “I’ll give you a hug now, but you have to make it last all day, Mommy.”
Jennifer Dyer has an M.S. in Communications Disorders, which served her well in her professional career as a speech-language pathologist. Never did she imagine that her education and career were God’s way of preparing her to be a mom to her own daughter with autism. Today, she enjoys reaching out to other families who face similar diagnoses. As a cancer survivor, carpet-cleaning veteran, and originator of the “Messy House Ministry,” Jennifer feels blessed to share joy, peace, and humor with others facing life’s challenges. She is mom to two beautiful daughters and is thankful to be raising them, serving other families with unique needs, and using her gift of writing and speaking to minister to others. Jennifer is also the author of a youth fiction book series and is trusting God with His timing on publication. Jennifer has been a mom for 11 years. She and Brandon have been married for 13 years.