The moment has come after counting down the days on the calendar for weeks on end. Each knows what to expect, and the family marches out the front door one-by-one at the appropriate time. Still, mama is crying her eyes out. Her hands need to be busy and she reaches for the first thing in sight. The backpack. She’s making one final check of its contents like the homework assignment she has completed correctly. Dad is keeping his emotions in check shooting photos for the memory book. He’s choked up, too. The first day of school is here marking a milestone. The kindergartener is dressed in brand new fall plaids and brown shoes all set to climb on board the shiny yellow bus. The wheels of learning are taking the little one on a ride for the next thirteen years. Up the huge steps hanging on to the rail for a final boast to a welcoming bus driver, and the youngest student never looks back. The parents are left standing at the end of the driveway. They've done their job preparing the child for this very day.