Next Stop, Kindergarten

Today was Miss A’s last official day of daycare. In a couple of weeks she’ll graduate, along with her friends, in a ceremony held at a little church in our community, the same place her big sister’s preschool graduation was held. The kids will be a conglomeration of cuteness in red caps and gowns all shout singing off key and beaming with pride as their parents laugh until they practically cry and take pictures of a moment in time that ushers in the real school years and shuts the door on learning ABCs and shapes and colors and nursery rhymes.

Miss A  has asked me approximately 3.2 million times when kindergarten starts and when I told her this morning in about 3 months her face dropped as if she assumed that next week she’ll start riding to our elementary school with me and Miss C. When she asked how much time 3 months was and I explained that it was about 90 days she said, “OH MAN…that is too long!” Come to think of it, when you are 5 years old 90 days sounds like a century.

She has also told me numerous times that she wants a backpack with a strap (a messenger bag) for kindergarten. Obviously the girl knows how to accessorize.

It seems like yesterday she was just 11 months old and I was carrying  her in to her daycare classroom for the first time to visit with the other babies and her teacher. She was crawling and reaching for things with my help. Now she is running and reaching for things on her own.

She is ready to start kindergarten.

My heart will never be ready.

15 comments

  1. Chris Stewart says:

    Children grow so fast and I commend you for being with them, watching and caring them as they grow. I have a little daughter too, 5 years old and I cannot substitute all the many great things in the world for the time we spent together. I’m happy for you for taking time to be a great mom to your children. Blessings!

  2. Liz says:

    I’m having the same issues with my daughter who will start in the fall. I broke down reading this.

  3. Deb - Mom of 3 Girls says:

    Awww!!! It does go by so fast – I remember having a similar conversation with Abby, just yesterday – and now she’ll be heading into 4th grade in the fall. Sigh.

    Our preschool doesn’t do the ‘graduation’ thing, which is ok, but it would be pretty cute to see them all in little caps and gowns. You are going to post pictures, right? 🙂
    .-= Deb – Mom of 3 Girls´s last blog ..Taking it easy on Mother

  4. Deborah says:

    My “little” girl is heading to 8th grade next year… taller than me and tremendously more together than I was at her age. But I can honestly say the heartstring pangs are the same at every age. Bittersweet, and yet so very proud…

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