So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye

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Summer is here, and while we love summer (because what’s not to love?  Oh yeah, high temps and no a.c.  Well, other than that.)  it sure is a marker of the passing of time.  I officially have a 4th grader and a 1st grader.  In a few years from now, I will think 4th grade is so little, but for me, right now, it feels so big.  The passing of time is so weird.  We have a newborn baby and immediately, we can’t believe how big they are getting.  At 4 weeks old, we are already seeing that they are growing and changing.  And don’t get me started on 1st birthdays.  It is like 2 different kids in the period of a year.  A tiny newborn who can’t lift her head to a little tot who can (possibly) run around and talk.  And because I know nostalgia can be a distorted lens to view life through, I try to embrace and love the here and the now.  But for a moment, I will reflect on this last school year.

First Tatum.  She didn’t love school at first, but she ended up making some great buddies and made the best of it.  I tried to include her in our nature and fine arts group sometimes, since that will be here circle of friends next year.  Plus, one of her best buds is in the group.  For the end of the year “Final Curtain”, she and her friends sang “Take me out to the ball game”.  Have a look!

Piper.  Wow!  We’ve truly enjoyed each other!  She is so gifted and I am so glad that I have been able to foster her talents.  She struggles with spelling and I struggle to stop pointing out her weakness.  But she has a memory like you wouldn’t believe.  She loves history and has a true understanding of the timeline of historical events.  In fact, at the moment she is reading the Children’s Encyclopedia of American History…for fun.  For her final curtain she performed a monologue from the book “Good Masters!  Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village”.  Check out her accent and her memorization skills!  Unfortunately, a call came through right when I was about to hit record, so it is missing the first few seconds.

So long kindergarten.  Farewell Mariners Elementary and Mrs. Boyd!  We will forever cherish our memories there, but look forward to our adventures that await us this next school year.

 

 

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