Barefoot by the Sea: Bye Bye Preschool!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Bye Bye Preschool!

It happened.  I don't know how but it did.  Let's just say last week I felt like I went to the DISNEY of emotions.  I was on every ride possible.  I was up.  I was down.  I was laughing, I was smiling.  I was crying in the corner. I didn't quite realize it would hit me as hard as it did.  But, a couple of weeks ago, we watched our "baby" Sydney graduate from preschool.  It was quite a day for all of us. 
What surprised me was how different parents are affected or unaffected by these days.  I actually had a woman look at me, as my eyes were full of tears and asked, "What was wrong with you?" I responded, "It's just hard to watch them grow" she actually rolled her eyes and got up from the table she was sitting at an walked away.  Really?  I know my kid isn't out the door (yet) but is it me or does it feel like they are slipping right through your fingers?  No?  If you are one of those parents who can't wait till you have your nights back again and are free to come and go as you please, then I likely have a different philosophy but wouldn't judge you for the way you feel about parenting or your child growing.  I read this article recently and although it does make some great points I don't know if I agree with it.  Does that make me a bad person?  No.  Does it make the author a bad parent?  No.  You do what works for you and I'm a firm believer that it's better not to judge others.  But really, I wanted to grab that lady and say, "Don't you see?  She's growing up!"  Of course that lady wouldn't have heard because her daughter bolted out the door and the mother was screaming in the parking lot, "YOU GET BACK HERE!"  Gee, I can't imagine why your kid isn't listening to you. 
Back to the big news at hand:  Congratulations little Sydney!  Next up:  Kingergarten!  We can hardly believe it!
Enjoy your day my friends!


  1. I guess I am the same as you in the growing up factor. They do grow so fast, and it is sad to see them get older. But, it is also happy! Seeing them develop into their own person. That mother that you encountered...well...I guess I have no words for that, at least not positive ones ;-)

  2. Awww how exciting! Bittersweet though I'm sure. Congrats to Sydney! She is such a cutie :)

  3. I haven't been as emotional about my daughter finishing kindergarten but I definitely understand how you are feeling because kids really do grow up as fast as everyone says. I actually get more emotional when I think about my kids as babies because it was just so precious for me.

    Kindergarten is going to be so much fun for your Sydney!

  4. I feel so often that I need to slow down and pay more attention, because the years really do just slip away! Yet I also feel the truth of the saying "The years are short, but the days are long." So I try to appreciate all the days - even the long ones - and take some time out each day to just pay attention. And I'm sure I will look back, like everyone does, and wonder where the time went...... :)


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