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.

Back to School

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Wednesday!  Today is the first day of the second week of a new year.  Cool, isn’t it? After a 2 1/2 week Christmas break, Ian went back to school.  This is the second half of his kindergarten year.  He was so excited about it as well.

Last night he was almost too excited to go to sleep but finally did. We talked about being back at school and learning again and about stories that he can create.  He enjoys making things up and reading, which I absolutely love.

Then this morning he woke up pretty easily, did his jobs before school without too much complaining, and was ready to go.  His jobs are eating his breakfast, taking his vitamins, using the bathroom and washing his hands, brushing his teeth, and getting dressed. We often have a contest to see who can get dressed first.

I made him his lunch, and made sure his backpack had all of his stuff in it.  He wanted to include a book that he’d worked on yesterday to share with his class.  He drew 7 pages of pictures and then had me transcribe his story.  It is inspired by a Lego video he’d seen online.

We bundled up in his new coat that he got at Christmas as well as his gloves.  With that he was warm.  We walked out to the car, got in it, put up the garage door, started the car with no trouble (thank goodness), backed out and were on our way.

Everything looked very cold and frosty on our way.  It was beautiful and we got to see the sun rising.  A lovely winter day.  Then I parked the car, we got out and walked into the school at the door near his classroom.  The grass and leaves crunched under our feet. Ian enjoyed the sound.

school-mathWe went inside and waited for the bell to ring. There was time to take off Ian’s coat so he was ready to go in, do his classroom jobs, and get started learning.  Brrringgg.  Bell rings and we walk to the classroom with a big smile on Ian’s face.  His teacher said, “I have missed you Ian.”  He was very happy to hear this from this teacher as I was.

Being back to school is just the thing he needed.  He loves school and loves to learn.  For that I am truly thankful!  Each Wednesday, our district lets out early and the teachers have inservice time.  That way we don’t have to miss entire days for their training.

So a short day will be just the thing for getting back into the routine.  Then we’ll have two full days before the weekend.  Should be a great rest of the week!

Not only was Ian happy about seeing his teacher and the classroom, he was also happy to see his friends.  Today is PE and he was looking forward to that as well.

Today I am thankful for:

  • A boy who loves learning
  • A school where he is encouraged to learn
  • A teacher who truly enjoys teaching and likes having Ian in her class
  • Being able to make our son a yummy lunch to eat at school
  • A garage where our car stays warm and dry
  • Chatting with my son and husband in the morning
  • A short trip to the school where we can talk about our day
  • Hot tea with creamer
  • Hot breakfast
  • My fuzzy slippers
  • The quiet of the house as I work at home and putter around
  • My son’s creativity and zest for life
  • My family and friends
  • The fun of picking up Ian after a day of school, giving him a snack, and hearing about his day

Whether your kids are back at school or not, I hope and pray that you and they have a terrific day!