The past two weeks of my life have been filled with end of the school year activities. This year there was an exceptionally high number of “events” because my son is a 5th grader and will soon be moving on to the next chapter in his life, middle school. As Nathan moves up to 6th grade, my time as a mom to a kid in elementary school is officially over. And no, I am not ok.
No more half day hat days. No more Tuesday folders. No more lip-dubs. No more annual Spaghetti Suppers. No more Harvest Big Blasts. No more saving tickets to buy goodies at the school store. All of these things that have been such a big part of my my life and my children’s lives over the last ten years are now gone for good. I always knew this day would come, but I am really having trouble accepting that a school I have genuinely loved being a part of is no longer a part of my life.
I am grateful to the teachers who have allowed me to come in and volunteer in both of my boys classrooms over the years. I think back to all the field trips I chaperoned over the past ten years our time in elementary school and I am beyond thankful that I was able to make those memories with my children.
In addition to their own field day off site, the 5th graders our school are celebrated with a luncheon during the last week of school. It’s a moving-up ceremony of sorts and it was nothing short of wonderful. So many parents were there to have lunch with their 5th graders and then together we all shuffled to the auditorium to watch a slideshow of the photos taken of the kids throughout their years at the elementary school. Cue the waterworks.
To Miss Lord, Miss Upton, Mrs. Burke (x2), Mrs. Card, Mrs Carrier, Mrs, Kaufman, Mr. Rooney, Mrs. Mastropietro, Miss Fecteau, Mrs. Dormady, Mrs. Lombardi: THANK YOU all from the bottom of my heart. Both of boys are better people because of you.
I know I won’t always see eye to eye with my boys and I know it won’t always be easy, but I am so proud of the young men that my boys are becoming, While my heart is heavy today, I really can’t wait to see what’s next.