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School’s Out For Summer!

“Treat letting go as a regular privilege, not a rare occasion.”

So, I’m working on this one. Like every day. Every moment of every day.  I’m thankful for the time I spend with our kids, I try to enjoy the moments as they happen.  But, this whole last-day-of-preschool  and OHMYGOSH-Kindergarten-is-next thing has really thrown me. 🙂  Any advice out there?

We really couldn’t be more proud of our girls.  They had the most amazing year (with THE most amazing teachers) at preschool.  They were kind and polite, they made friends and were good listeners, they have gained independence and confidence, and we couldn’t have asked for anything better.  Cate is totally excited about Kinder, and Anna is thrilled that she gets to go back AGAIN! to preschool.

As you may have guessed, I snapped a few photos this morning before school, oh how much they’ve grown.

The image of Cate that I didn’t capture with my camera happened on the way to school. I looked through my rear view mirror to see our big girl, with her very big heart, with a look on her face that wasn’t quite right.  When I asked if she was okay, she said, “I’m okay, Mommy. I’m happy about the last day and I’m happy about Kindergarten. But, I do feel a little sad too about leaving my friends and teachers.”  🙂

Last day of school, with Mia.

Cate with her awesome teachers.  Just now, looking at this picture, makes me realize something.  I am so thankful for all of the teacher’s at the girl’s school and I need to remember that.  When I worry about Cate being at school all day next year and the influences she may encounter…I need to also remember that this whole new world of new experiences and new people could be will be, a blessing.  I believe that life is about the encounters you have with people.  Relationships matter.  And starting school will be exciting for her to get to experience new people and teachers, hopefully teachers as kind and caring as these.

And last (yes, I’ll be done with my introspection now) Cate and her very best friend, McKenna.

May 27, 2011 - 8:18 am

judy lenhart - A day full of mixed emotions. Nothing easy about it. I’m love and am so proud of all of you!

May 27, 2011 - 8:49 am

Amy - Congrats on Graduation Cate! We’re so proud of you! You’ll be a “rock star” in Kindergarten!

May 27, 2011 - 11:12 am

Aunt Nanc' - Hugs. Liberal use of kleenex.
I will say, you are still Cate’s biggest influence.
She will see and hear more from others but will come home and ask you about ‘stuff’.
You will give her your ‘take’, values, beliefs.

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