Today my son “graduates” from elementary school…and it feels kind of surreal. Like all moms, I have a special part of my memory reserved for all those milestones; the moment I realized I was pregnant, his birth, first birthday…I don’t have to list them all, I know you get it.
He’s had other stepping up ceremonies – in daycare and pre-k, but today is a little different. This feels like an ending. I feel like we are leaving a significant part of childhood behind and embarking on the first stages of really growing up. It’s sad and scary and exciting and humbling all at the same time. I can really see who my son is becoming as a young person in so many ways, physically, emotionally, and intellectually – and I love it! In some ways he’s so grown up, yet in others he’s still a little boy. It’s difficult to put into words and I’m still trying to work it out in my own head.
He too feels the pleasure and independence of growing up, but with that comes responsibility – and that can feel like a lot of pressure to a kid. Middle school will bring lots of changes and challenges and I think he’s ready (at least his teachers tell me so!).
As the old saying goes, a picture is worth 1,000 words, here are a few that illustrate the range of emotions I’m feeling as he steps up to middle school.