Kindergarten graduation was during nap time this year. I tried to get there early. Anna had been excited about it for weeks. Singing the songs at the top of her lungs and practicing her line, “please stand for the pledge.” Then she had to turn around and make sure everyone was standing. She loved the responsibility associated with that fact.
Max was a mess. He did not want to leave his bike outside and instead of calming him down outside I dragged him inside screaming. I just wanted to get a seat where I could see my sunshiny girl. The extra dragging didn’t help matters. Luckily, I knew one of the employees at the school who busted out netflix on her ipad for him/me. When your child throws a tantrum the best course of action is definitely to appease them with TV.
I call Justin and tell him to hurry. Our girl’s line is at the beginning. He had completely forgotten about it. I hadn’t put it in the google calendar… He makes a mad dash to the school. Anna walks out waves excitedly and mouths, “where’s Dad?”
“He’s coming!” I mouth back.
She grins, “OK” and adds a thumbs up sign for good measure.
She walks up to the microphone and flawlessly delivers her line. I can’t get my phone out to video tape it fast enough and her Dad walks in just after.
Luckily all that matters to her is that he’s there. She doesn’t even ask if he’s seen her part. She just grins at all of us as she sings her heart out.
This is her fabulous teacher. I am so grateful for how fun she made school for the kids. Anna never once asked to stay home.I love the spacing in these pictures. She was assigned to sit next to the boy who had been teasing her lately and had been pulling her chair out from under her. Anna wanted as much distance as possible between them.
I am not ready for this girl to be gone the ENTIRE DAY. Max and I are both going to die. She is such a help around the house and with her little brother. My heart was hurting as I watched her up there. I don’t think I agreed to the part in life where my kids grow up and leave me. I have to remind myself that I love them even more as they grow. They can do more things, learn more things and ask even more questions that get me thinking about life and how things work.
It’s a good thing I was feeling sentimental because they had us take our kids home after the 15 minute program. I also found out that they didn’t have school the entire next week because of testing. Somehow I missed that announcement. My remaining childless nap times had just shrunk by more than half.