On Friday my 6-year-old will be graduating from Kindergarten in a bittersweet event that will honor each child’s achievement that year and serve as a going away party for their beloved teacher. The lovely German girl who has watched over our kids all year, watching them turn into readers, actors and adept negotiators of the elementary school playground is leaving to home school her children.
The last few weeks have been fraught with bittersweet moments for my daughter. She alternates between being excited about summer camp, nervous about First Grade and sad that she has to say goodbye to a woman who has meant so much to her this year. She wouldn’t be in her class next year, not as a First Grader, but seeing her around campus would have made the transition easier. In the Fall a new teacher will be in her room, giving the students just another thing to adjust to.
At the end of the week, when it’s my daughter’s turn to stand in front of the school and talk about what made this year special, I’ll be fighting tears of pride and a few tears of sadness. It’s been an amazing year and I’m sad to say goodbye to the woman who made it so. At the same time, it’s time for us to move on and embrace what comes next. Whatever comes, I know she prepared the kids well for it!