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This is an emotional time of year.

Kids are graduating, everyone is saying good bye for the summer, children suddenly seem older and you realize that very soon, your kids will be staring at you ALL DAY.

On the upside, you finally don’t care if they bring a bread sandwich to school for lunch (that’s bread with nothing inside) with a side of chips and a side of pretzels and a side of goldfish.

I hope these kids are getting enough carbs.

My twins just graduated. I can’t believe they are already heading off to college.

(You know what? Someone just informed me that my twins only graduated form Kindergarten and aren’t eligible for college. I’m going to do some investigating.)

Kindergarten graduation

The teachers told the kindergarteners that they were allowed to go home with their parents after the graduation ceremony.


No one was going home with me. I told my twins they would have the good fortune of staying for the whole day which they found distressing. Umm… children, you are playing with your friends, not memorizing the Gettysburg Address. Although I’m totally find if that’s on the agenda too.

Maybe my first kid could have convinced me to take her home. Certainly not the 3rd and 4th.

I have a lot of camp on the horizon for my children.

My older daughters don’t want to spend the whole summer in camp because they need “down time.” First of all, camp is downtime. Second, there is plenty of downtime after camp. And third, my kids don’t even know what to do with downtime.

Every time I tell them to put the phones away and do something creative that does not involve a screen, they look at me blankly.

But eventually my girls take out the gel pens and those cool coloring books that have been sweeping the nation and get to work. And my son Chase takes out his nerf gun to fight pirates and foes and unsuspecting glassware on the counters.

During the last week of school, I try not to think too much about the passage of time. I try not to get misty eyed at the sad country songs accompanying graduation slide shows. I try not to think that time keeps moving until one day these kids will really kiss me goodbye and head off on their own lives.

I can’t think about it that way.

I have to think about it as simply another school year. Where they learned. Cried. Fought with their friends. Made up with their friends. Grew a little. Or a lot. They were inspired. And sometimes bored. They were kind. And sometimes not. But in the end, they hopefully leave a little smarter and a bit more grown up and maybe even better people.

It’s one school year in a lifetime.

And now we move on to the next.

4 Responses to And another school year ends

  • Steph says:

    “unsuspecting glassware” Hee hee hee. I love your turn of phrase! and I love summer vacation but my kids are old enough that they are still asleep when I leave for work. That’s one good thing about teenagers:)

  • Melissa says:

    “It’s one school year in a lifetime.”
    Perfectly stated!! I needed to hear this as we are moving up to Middle and High School!!

  • Leigh Ann says:

    On Monday my kids woke up not too early and immediately started playing nicely together – for the majority of the morning. Then we went to the pool and it was an all around lovely day and I thought, “This summer will be great!”

    Tuesday was the longest day of my life. Wednesday almost put me in the nuthouse. But Thursday and Friday got better, so maybe I’ll survive 3/5 of this summer after all.

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