The end of the school year is a very bittersweet time for us. Not only our are own children growing and moving on (and I think we all know how hard it's been for me in past years when we give-up our teacher, and this time we've had our teacher for two years -- I will most likely be a basket case). But, we have "other children" who we've had in band for 4 years that we have come to like very much. They too are leaving our little nest.
This morning I drove past the graduation practice at the rival high school (which, in fact, we live closer to than Drew's school), and I got a little lump in my throat. There are a few seniors I will miss very much this year. Thankfully, they are my friends on facebook now so I can still stalk them as they go to college. :)
But then there are the happy things. So, I am going to focus on those!
1. Today I made my last school lunch! Tomorrow Conner is taking hot lunch and Friday they're having a picnic and I am SO happy to have put my last vegetable in a plastic bag. Amazing how it's the little things that get so monotonous. I am vowing to get Conner more involved in making his lunch next year.
2. Next year Conner gets a whole half hour more of school. No, I'm not sure as to why -- but he does, and it makes me happy.
3. Review of old work. I have a big plastic bin that holds all of Conner's old papers from other years. I bring it out every year at this time, to put any amazing projects that he's done, etc. I am pretty picky about what I save, since this bin is going to have to hold EVERYTHING I'm saving from his school career but it's so fun to look through his old papers and realize how much he's learning and growing.
4. Homecomings. The kids who've gone off to college come home for the summer. It's so nice to see that they too are becoming productive members of society. Love them so.
Anyway, it's an exciting time for everyone. A time of gratitude that God has placed these people in my life at all. I'm going to try and remember that as I bawl my eyes out on Friday as Conner moves up a grade. :)