This is a time of the year that I normally look forward to, the school year is almost over which means the “routines” are going to change a bit. No fighting with the kids each morning to get up and get moving, no homework, no last minute “oh yeah mom, I need a 3x4 foot trifold board for our project tomorrow” at bedtime. Ahhh, I can actually feel the slow release of tension from my shoulders.
But first there is the end of year parties, the teacher gifts, the final tests, the awards ceremonies, the school carnivals…
You see, my youngest is finishing his 5th grade year…or as he puts it, he is graduating from Elementary School. There seems to be an extraordinary amount of planning for this event. And as is typical, the same people have volunteered for this event as have volunteered for all of the field trips, parties, bake sales, festivals, etc since his Kindergarten year. I don’t know where the other families are at these times, or how they are able to
As my son takes his final steps in elementary school this month, I too will be taking my final steps here as he is my youngest.
There are many things I will NOT miss about having an elementary student, but there are many things that I WILL miss. It is the lost innocence as middle school approaches, and the silly, small, milestones and celebrations that are just taken for granted in the later school years. The valentines mailboxes, the Dr. Seuss birthday celebrations, the 100th day of school, recess, and the “mother’s day gift” art projects. Innocence.
So as these last few hours of the school year tick away on the clock so too does the "baby" in my baby boy, he has become quite a terrific "young man".
p.s. both of these photos are compliments of that brilliant "young man".