As I sat watching my kids play at the playground, I took a deep breathe in and the smell of summer reminded me of my childhood days. The hours I would spend outside running all over the place with my friends until almost dark. The games we invented. The memories I can still see vividly.
I watched my kids flitter from slide to monkey bars to running freely, and I can’t believe how much they've grown in one short school year. Josh is no longer afraid to slide down the firemen’s pole or climb a tree, and Gavin isn't afraid to climb the rock wall. It’s a bittersweet moment. I wish I could freeze time and keep them little for a little while longer. But I also can’t wait to see what they’ll be like as teenagers, adults, fathers, friends.
Josh graduated kindergarten today. I held it together and didn't cry like I did on the first day until my friend sent an email about getting all the kids together at her house one last time so they can get on the bus together. Then, I started to cry. And I cried again this morning when I received a thank you note from Josh’s teacher.
(Josh, Aiden and Nate - Josh's best friends)
(Josh and Nate - one of his best friends. Can't wait to see these two in five years when they're in 5th grade.)
I've fallen in love with this elementary school, especially all the kids (and parents) in his class. Every kid has a great personality and they all (yes, every one of them) get along – boys and girls. The room moms all got along. The teachers were wonderful and always willing to include the family into the classroom. It’s an anomaly to have everyone get along and work so well together. I’m looking forward to next year and meeting new friends and teachers, but I’m always going to miss the class we had this year. I can only hope Gavin’s kindergarten experience was as good as Josh’s.
Josh’s class had an end of the year party. He received his kindergarten diploma which officially makes him a first grader.
It was brought to my attention that Josh is quite the ladies’ man! All the girls in class love him, especially two girls in particular. He runs around with them and he sits in between them. He has a way – call him the sensitive guy – with the girls. When we lived in Sterling, he played with mostly girls so I guess he just has a softer demeanor than most other boys. That’s a good thing!
Summer has officially begun!