Time Waits For No Man … Or Mom
The past week was pretty significant at our house – both children moved on from their respective schools. My son is now a high school student and my daughter has left elementary school. Oh boy!
Contrary to most others opinions, I am not worried about my son coming to high school. This is one of the major reasons I have the job I do. I am “in the loop”; I totally understand how the system works and what my son will need to do to excel. Now making sure he does these things is a whole other matter! My worries for high school include things like who will he sit with at lunch and will he find a true best friend among the 399 other freshmen.
My daughter spent her last day in elementary school on Friday. This was alot harder than I expected it to be! When her brother left elementary school, I still had three more years at my beloved Estes Elementary but Friday marked the end.
I’m not sure if other parents feel the same attachment to where their babies spend their first years of school but I am overwhelmed with feeling for this place. Here is where my son had teachers who went to TEACCH training just to learn more about him and his autism. Here is where my daughter had teachers who pushed her and made her feel proud of her abilities. They made a point of telling her she was smart and also strong and talented. This group of teachers and aids and administrators gave my children the beautiful gift of confidence and I can’t possibly thank them enough.
I pass by Estes Elementary every day – it’s on the way to the Ingles grocery where I will soon merit my own parking spot. As I went by today I thought about how I will never be in the morning drop off lane watching very small children with very large book bags wave enthusiastically goodbye to their parent. Made me a little teary but that’s okay, being a bit maudlin now and then is good for me.
Thus closes one more chapter in this wild ride of parenting. It did pass faster than I expected – just like those who came before me warned it would. So this is my public thank you to my beloved Estes Elementary – you are the best!!
~ The Mildly Manic Mom