I feel like a walking stereotype right now.
That lady who says to a child, “I can’t believe how big you are, you were just this big.”
But yet, I feel like I was just attending my oldest’s kindergarten orientation, with the stacks of paperwork and the parents asking the teacher questions like “Will my child get lost on the way to lunch? Will he be able to go to the bathroom if he needs to?”
And now, he’s starting his last year of elementary school.
Next year, he’ll be off to the middle school, with the big kids. And while I know middle school teachers actually do usually baby the sixth graders(despite them being told all through 5th grade that this won’t happen) and help them get accustomed to a new environment, it’s still totally different than elementary school. He’ll be back down at the bottom and fully into his tween-ness.
This is the very last year when all three of my boys will attend the same school together. After this, it will be drop off and pick up at two or even three different schools. There’s been comfort in having my boys together. Even if their classes were geographically separated due to their grade levels, there is still this feeling of them being there for each other if they need it.
I’m not quite sure how we got here so quickly.
I blinked and summer was gone… but what about the years before this? How did they pass by in an instant?
So, I’ll be hanging on to this last year. And probably shedding a tear or two on the first day of school.
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