Preschool Graduate

I have to admit, I’ve always thought the preschool graduation hoopla was a little bit ridiculous. I even blogged about it once, and received a variety of responses — some which pretty much told me to get a life and that I clearly don’t care about my kids.

Frankly, I think kids these days get entirely too much applause, but I have to say that I’ve changed my ‘tude about the preschool graduation. It’s really not about the kids, after all. It’s more about the parents. And maybe that’s just fine after all.

Last Friday night, I walked out the door and left the building that has been a second home to one of my three kids for the past five years. I wasn’t bawling my eyes out, but it was definitely an odd feeling. And I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed the graduation ceremony, and it was nice to have some closure.

I have had a child in preschool for the past eight years. It truly is the end of an era — a precious, magical era. I absolutely love the preschool years. Fortunately the thought of no more tuition payments is helping to ease the pain.

For her, it was all about being on stage. She has decided lately that there is no better place to be.

She was so precious, marching in with her class. Since she’s the tallest (and oldest) in her class, she got to lead the class in, holding her teacher’s hand. I’d post a picture, but I’m not sure her teacher would appreciate having her face plastered on my blog. They sang a few songs, and then they each walked up onto a little podium and received a diploma. We closed the night singing This Little Light of Mine, and then it was time to party.


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9 Responses

  1. congrats to your littlest! and to you, for making it this far in motherhood. here’s to letting go of the last stage and seizing the next!

  2. Oh so sweet. I find myself getting a little choked up every time we make a transition like that. Beginnings and endings seem to really get to me. Enjoy the next stage!!

  3. Sniffle. {wipes snot on sleeve} I miss those days too. And then again, maybe I don’t. I kinda like this age too. Good thing too cuz life sure doesn’t slow down.

  4. Ah, it’s bittersweetness! Just to make you feel better, I can’t go to my son’s class on the last day of school because I always cry—here is this teacher who his whole world has revolved around, who has taught him so much—and now she won’t be in our lives anymore. That just breaks my heart, so I don’t go. I thought it would get better as he grew up, he is going into 3rd grade after all, but this year I actually cried in the car loop.

  5. Oh congrats to your sweet girl. I am not one to get caught up in those little graduation ceremonies – but there is something about our youngest hitting those milestones that is especially bittersweet.

  6. As a preschool teacher on and off for the last…. mumble 30 or so years…..I love preschool graduations. I love preschool in general! Your little one is so precious, tell her Mzzterry sends her congratulations from Texas! She is going to love Kinder, you will love having the extra cash (which somehow you will not even notice!) and before you know it you will be going to Junior high concerts, ball games and recitals. It is amazing how quickly the time warps once they start school.

    Enjoy your trip to the Shore…..I am green with envy 😉

  7. We had a preschool graduate this year, too. They even decked him out in a cap and gown, which I thought was a bit much, but it was–at least–cute. I’m in the “kids get too much applause” camp, I guess. Or maybe I just don’t care about my kids either. 😉

    We both have one moving on to kinder this year! Do you have half day or whole day kinder there?

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