It’s that time of year! Graduation time. Caps and gowns. Ceremonies. Diplomas.
We have a graduate in the family. A preschool graduate, that is. My youngest child finished her preschool career a week ago and will attend kindergarten in the fall. Which means that the Wade family has completed our long history at the sweet and nurturing church preschool in our neighborhood that all three of my children attended. It’s the end of an era and I’m feeling nostalgic.
Since just about any reason is a good reason for this mom to unearth old photo albums (yes! up until four years ago I actually printed out my photos and put them in albums!) I decided to share a few pictures with you. I admit, I enjoy sighing over how cute and small my kids once were and how young and fresh I once looked.
Here’s a photo of my oldest daughter and me on her very first day of preschool, in the fall of 2002:
Here’s that same girl a few years later, graduating from preschool:
Here’s my middle child on his first day of preschool, in the fall of 2005:
And here he is when he graduated:
This is my third child on her first day of preschool, in the fall of 2010:
And here we are at her preschool graduation picnic last week:
My babies and toddlers grew up. They grew up.
I wouldn’t want to go backward in time. I’m delighted with the fact that I’ve survived motherhood thus far and that the Lord has brought my kids to their current ages and stages. I’m relieved that as of this fall I’ll finally have them all in school. There’s bittersweetness in this graduation out of preschool, however. There always is, isn’t there, in graduations, in good-byes, and in endings? I think it’s because these moments give us reason to look back and remember. To look forward and celebrate. To let the Lord remind us, once again, that He’s moving on, that He’s always doing a new thing.
Here’s my question to you: what is it that you’re feeling bittersweet about this week? And/or do any of you have a ‘graduation’ of some kind in your circle of family or friends this May?
p.s. I’m going to close with something fun! My friend Dani Pettrey and I ran a ‘fill in the blank’ style contest. I’ve posted the three finalists for Dani’s excerpt here at Inspired by Life…and Fiction. I’d love for YOU to vote on your favorite if you have a moment. The winner you help choose will receive a $25 gift card and a signed book!