Thursday, June 18, 2015

Goodbye to Elementary School

So considering I haven't updated in a year again, I thought it appropriate to post this photo comparison.  My girl at the beginning and end of fifth seems like it went so fast.  And I know that in the next three years, before she is done with middle school, she will change even more!

I'm feeling the end of school year blues even more this year and I think a lot of it has to do with the beginning of the end of elementary school.  Bryce has two more years and Piper has four, but it reminds me how fast time is passing.  I won't have 3 kids in the car in the mornings to take to before-care.  I won't have 3 kids at dinner talking about what happened in their shared school that day.  It is enough to make me want to cry!

I think Caroline is ready and that elementary school has become old news in the past few months.  She is showing that the elementary school restrictions are no longer needed and she is ready for the "freedoms" that middle school provides....even if she doesn't know it yet.  Not that it won't come with growing pains, but she is ready for a challenge that elementary school can no longer provide.

I know I will long for the safe and secure feeling that elementary school provides but I also look forward to seeing how she grows with these changes.  Ultimately, we have to let our kids go so they can learn and grow and with any luck if we do it just right, they'll end up closer to us.  I have to keep reminding myself that holding on too tight will result in a child who struggles harder to get away.

I am proud of Caroline and how effortless elementary school seemed for her, especially these past two years.  However, I know this is just the first step and I'm looking forward for all that she will accomplish in the coming years.

Time, please slow down!

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