I instinctively wrote down Last Day TM. (TM is the school.) I’ve done this for years now – actually for a total of 18 years I’ve had children in school. There for a couple of years each of my three children were at different schools, thus me having to add the school names to clarify which school was getting out. Talk about crazy schedules???
But the other day as I wrote in my calendar, I just sat staring at those words. It was another small step to me realizing that a chapter is ending in my life, as another begins.
Now, I’m a mom and I’m just going to say I HATE TO SEE THIS CHAPTER END! I love being involved with my kids in school and watching them grow into incredible teens and young adults. I can’t stop this chapter from ending. I wanted so bad to erase those words and pretend my baby would continue on in school as I know it, but yet deep down I know nothing I can do will stop that day from coming.
Moms, from my heart to your heart I say:
To all you moms out there who are graduating your last child, your baby, this year — I feel your heart! We cry at moments. Bust into laughter at others, and still manage to smile through it all. We are fearful of this whole empty nest thing, but somehow I know we’ll make it through it.
To all you moms who are graduating your first child this year — I feel your heart! I’ve been there and done that. I thought after going through all the emotions of a graduation with the first child that number two and three would be a breeze, but I hate to say the emotion is just as strong with the others. Word of advice –just cry a lot now so you can enjoy graduation week with fewer tears.
To all you moms who have little ones who will be beginning school for the first time — I feel your heart! That was a scary first step to take. But I would say slow down, enjoy it, be involved, and treasure every moment — it all goes way too fast!!!
So although this was the last time I would write Last Day of school in my calendar, my heart does wait in anticipation of what is around the corner. I know there are many firsts out there for us to experience together.
Yes, it might be the last – Last Day, but I feel a First Day coming on!
Where are you along the journey of raising kids? Empty nester, just entering HS phase, or just beginning the school process?