Sunrise, Sunset — Swiftly Fly The Years

Is this the little girl I carried? Is this the little boy at play?  I don’t remember getting older, when did they?

When did she get to be a beauty?  When did he grow to be so tall? Wasn’t it yesterday that they were small? 

…Sunrise, Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset, Swiftly fly the years. One season following another, laden with happiness and tears. — from Fiddler On The Roof

This song brought me to tears today as I was thinking of all of the changes that Ian has had over the last few years.

As we wind down this school year, I am saddened in a way that this is our last year at his current school.  In the fall he will start at a new school, middle school.  He is ready and I am not, at least not yet.

You see, we have had a blast over these last years at our beloved elementary school.  He has learned so much, made many friends, had wonderful teachers, and has grown into a fine young man. He has loved school and has loved learning. My husband and I know what a blessing that is.

Each morning, the entire school says the Pledge of Allegiance and then the school pledge which I love and will miss hearing on a regular basis.  It is all about promising to do your best, to be kind to one another, to not give put downs, and to help each other.  It is what so many of us adults need to hear as well as these kids.

I too have had a blast at this school. I have made many new friends – in staff members, teachers, and other parents.  I was involved as the PTO secretary for a few years and also as the PTO president.  The PTO has worked to do a lot of great things for the school, the teachers, and for the students.  I have been honored and pleased to serve.

It is just hard to believe that our time at this school is finished.  It flew by and is now changing.  As that song says, I am full of happiness and tears as we move to the next chapter in Ian’s life.  I know that PTO will be in good hands as a great new board was elected and many things will continue that we started during my tenure.  I feel good about that.

However, I will miss all of my current activities this fall.  I have been trying to figure out how to deal with the changes and am trying to look at it as a positive step.  At least for this upcoming year, I have decided to take a step back and see what I want to do next.  I will still help but it will be on a limited basis and in a different capacity.

I have a dream of writing a children’s book.  I certainly have enough material for one.  Or a young adult novel.  I just don’t know.  I look forward to finding more time to write again.  I also am considering going back to school and will continue to stay busy with our family business.

I remember when Ian started kindergarten and was just learning to read.  Now he reads novels and many other books.  He has blossomed, come into his own person, and learned so much.  He is an amazing blessing.  I cannot wait to see what comes next.

To the parents in Ian’s class and grade, I imagine that you can relate to what I am talking about.  Changes are coming for all of us.  I know that our kids have a great foundation and will do well.  I just have to remind my heart and head of that fact.  Love to you all.

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Have You Voted Yet? Today Is The Day

Hi and happy Tuesday. Primary election Tuesday that is. May 1st as well often called May Day. Have you voted today or in early voting? I hope so. I did during early voting and am glad that I did.

Ian came with us to vote and helped choose the candidates.  He enjoys the process and is interested in knowing what happens. I am hoping it will stay important to him as he gets older.  After all, elections are the time when we can have our voice heard and vote for those we agree with.

Each vote counts and each vote matters.  May we choose wisely.  May we think about who we want to run the offices that are up for election.  We will be voting again in November for the mid-term Congressional races. That will be interesting and I hope not too ugly.

As a song in the musical Hamilton states, “Winning is easy, governing is harder.”  May we remember that and help elect those who will do right by us.  I don’t know about you but I am thrilled to live in a country where I get to help decide those who lead us and provide essential tasks for us. My hope is that they will continue to do so with honor.

If you have questions about voting, please contact your local Election Commission Office. They can tell you where to vote and who is on the ballot, or refer you to that information.  And when you go, please remember your Voter ID card and Photo ID.  That is what was required at our precinct.

A few quotes about elections and voting:

  • “Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.” ~ Sydney J. Harris
  • “A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won’t cross the street to vote in a national election.” ~ Bill Vaughan
  • “Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently and all for the same reason.” ~ José Maria de Eça de Queiroz
  • “The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face.” ~ Clare Boothe Luce
  • “People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote – a very different thing.” ~ Walter H. Judd