The last 24 hours have been about waiting. Me waiting for my kids to return from their dad’s after 10 long days…Maria waiting for the night to be over and the first day of school to begin… and both of us waiting for the bus. It was Maria’s first time on the school bus even though she’s in first grade. Last year, we drove her to before school care at her Catholic school so she didn’t take the bus. She always wanted to ride the bus with the other kids and now is her chance. The poor kid was seriously up all night and couldn’t sleep. It was like Christmas, or the first day of school, or the first bus ride — a big day for an almost six-year-old girl, and her mother.