Thursday, May 21, 2009

Kindergarten Graduation...prelude to the day

To quote from a dear friend of mine:

We don't celebrate birthdays ... or any other holidays for that matter. And we don't miss it. But we do tend to make "celebrations" out of what some may consider more mundane things.
Okay, not that graduating kindergarten is a mundane thing, but we do tend to make every little event as special as it possibly can be...first day of school, last day of school, a month of good behavior at school, etc., etc.

Tonight will be no exception. I cannot believe that my little baby will be graduating from kindergarten tonight. I remember when I dropped him off for his first day at this school. It seems like it was last week, or at the most, last month. Not over 4 years ago.

He started in the toddler room, a few days shy of turning 18 months old. He had a huge scrape on his nose from a face plant that happened after going down the slide on the swing set that Papa and Granddaddy had built for him.


As I dropped him off today, I distributed little goody bags that we had made for the rest of the graduates. They all seemed excited to be getting goody bags, and I did feel a bit guilty about having nothing for the rest of the kids. Oh well, what can I do?

Both his teachers and the school "principal" commented on how emotional tonight was going to be. Oh, they were talking about themselves. They have no idea the river of tears I think will be pouring out of me. I hope they have plenty of tissue boxes on hand.

I took the day off work to prepare the house for the small gathering of those near and dear to us. I am glad for the distraction of taking care of the small task of preparing the house and food for tonight...otherwise, the river might start running now.

Henry awoke this morning and climbed into bed with me. He had a huge grin on his face and announced: "I'm going to get presents today!" Yep, he sure is. We've gone over all of the gift opening etiquette I can think of, so it will be interesting to see how he does.

Well, that's all I can think to ramble on and on about on this momentous day. More to follow in the coming days with the wrap up of the day.

In closing, I'll leave you with the staged graduation photo that will grace his cake tonight:


1 comment:

  1. i can't believe it either! are there any books that he would like? we have this fabulous new children's book store that opened here, so i have beautiful children's books of all types to choose from ... i'd love to send along a little something.

    thanks for your tips/advice on my blog. i will be prepared for some tears over the coming weeks.

    love to you both. please tell him congratulations from us.