Seven Months Til Middle School

I sat in the car pickup line skimming my email with my index finger as usual when I saw one from my older daughter’s teacher that caught my eye.

The topic caught me off guard – 4th Grade Graduation.

I may or may not have sucked in my breath.

I clicked it open and read…

We will soon be sending our children to middle school.  Each year, we recognize our fourth graders with a special awards ceremony in May. 

There’s no way that this girl is going to middle school in August. She’s just a baby, right?

She just started kindergarten, marching proudly into her classroom wearing her new Hello Kitty sneakers and bright pink princess backpack. She’s still working her way up to chapter books and coloring worksheets and taking naps after lunch, right?

Only she’s not. She’s doing long division and writing reports and telling me about boys who have crushes on her.

She’s still our very first baby girl, there’s no way she’s ready to take on the halls of middle school. But of course I know she is. She’s so excited about it already and today as we drove by the school building she pointed it out, “There’s my school mom!”

Middle school.


I didn’t cry at her preschool graduation and I didn’t cry on her first day of kindergarten (but I did cry on her first day of first grade, go figure), but I have a sinking feeling I’m going to cry at 4th grade graduation because I may or may not have cried simply reading her teacher’s email today.


  1. Meredith says:

    She is so beautiful, Jamie! Andrew is also marching out of fourth grade. I wish elementary school lasted through fifth, although he *is* yearning for more independence!

  2. Beth (A Mom's Life) says:

    Well, at least she’s ready! I guess it would be worse if she was dreading it. (One way to put a positive spin on it!)

    Lucky for me, middle school doesn’t start here until 6th grade because 5th really does seem too young.

  3. snuggles56100 says:

    um…. I think that middle school starts when u are in 6TH grade!!! i am in 5TH and i have not started middle school yet! maybe that is just here in VA

  4. Blonde Mom says:

    EG, I suspect so. Send wine now.

    Yep Davidson County/Nashville schools start middle school in 5th grade. Several of our bordering counties don’t, though.

    I think it’s early, too, but then again I went to a tiny country school 3rd-8th and then to high school in “town.” THAT was culture shock people. 😉

  5. Pinay WAHM Blogger says:

    I know everything will turn out fine. I think all parents think and feel the same when their babies aren’t babies anymore (in the literal sense). There will be those restless times when they go out with friends at night or on a date for the first time. I can imagine how restless I will be if my baby will reach that age. But then again, it’s part of the challenges being a parent.

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