I found out earlier this week that Caitlin is graduating. As in she will have a formal pre-K graduation at a local church in a few weeks. Get the video camera ready Daddy cuz our baby’s graduatin’!
It’s so hard for me to believe that our girl, who looked like this when she started daycare over four years ago…
Now looks like this…
Such a big girl with big girl moments like wanting to paint her fingernails at the kitchen table and telling me she wants pink hair with red polka dots. But then she’ll surprise me with little reminders that she is still very close to being a baby. Last night at bedtime she wanted me to pat her back, like they do at naptime at “school,” and sing to her.
Every day I am amazed at how kind, fun, sweet, imaginative, and compassionate she is. I see it in the way she treats her baby sister, her friends, our parents, and even our dogs. I hope and pray I always encourage her to follow her dreams, to keep believing big thoughts, and to keep mama on her toes with her inquisitive thoughts like, “Did God make himself?” and “Do bats have teeth?”
I don’t recall having a preschool graduation, but I did have an 8th grade graduation ceremony. We practiced for weeks singing “What A Wonderful World” for our big night. We thought it was incredibly lame, but now that I’m a parent I realize our sweaty, overzealous band leader just wanted to create a special moment for us and for our parents.
Now as long as they don’t play “We’ve Only Just Begun” at Caitlin’s graduation ceremony, I think I can hold it together.