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IMG 514_withlogoPreschool Graduation- May 2014

In just six short days, Grace starts kindergarten. It feels like I have been counting down to this moment since she was born: “Can you believe in {X} years she’ll go to school?” “Next year at this time she’ll be in school.” “Only two more months until school.” But now, in time that’s felt less like a marathon and more like a 50-yard sprint, we’ve been talking up major changes that will have to take place for her bedtime routine, talked about lunchbox food ideas, we’ve been out buying school supplies and just last night we went to “Meet-the-Teacher”.

I held back tears yesterday as we entered her school in preparation to meet her teacher and drop of a huge back of school supplies. I wasn’t even taking her there to leave her for 7 hours of a day of learning, but would stay with her for a short 30 minutes but just the thought rocked my emotions. I’m pretty sure next week when I get back in the car (if I even make it that far) that tears will flow and she’ll crowd my thoughts the rest of the day: what’s she doing, whats she thinking, if she’s okay, if she’s eating her lunch and using her manners.

As the days draw nearer to the start of school, she’s testing the waters, asking questions, thinking aloud what this strange new world will be like. Grace is always on the shy side, being cautious, watching and learning before jumping in. It’s a trait she and I share. Sometimes it can be a good thing, sometimes not so much. I worry about the imperfect days she’ll have: sad days, lonely days, days when she just don’t want to go, when she feels like her teacher doesn’t notice her, her new friend won’t play with her or another kid is mean to her. But I know those are things every child must go through and something I cannot control.

On the other hand and as an ex-teacher I’m so excited for the wonder, excitement and all the learning that will take place in the time she is away from me (It’s actually making me really miss teaching). I can’t wait for her to get home each day and tell me about something new she has learned or a new friend she’s met.

Baby Duck is growing up and we’re excited about this new journey!

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