Graduation Day

...from Kindergarten, that is.

I’ve been a bit preoccupied lately ~ both with work and with the fact that my little boy is “graduating” from Kindergarten this week ~ hence the lack of substantial blog posts these last few weeks.

On the one hand I am very pleased that I have some terrific projects in the works ~ I love what I do.

It is so fulfilling to do what you want to do and like to do and are good at doing it and…get paid for it and acknowledged publicly for it.

On the other hand, I am in a very melancholy mood these days…five years ago when I enrolled my baby in a Mother’s Morning Out program when he had just turned one and could barely talk, I knew I had found a safe place and a haven for us. As a newcomer to a small Southern town, it was {and still is} challenging to meet and make true friends. When we found this little school, it just fit. Both for us and for our little guy, but most of all I believe for me. He has thrived and so have I ~ learning along with him, making new friends {Moms of his best buddies}, gaining an enormous amount of respect for those tireless teachers who work with toddlers and pre-schoolers day after day, and most of all seeing the phenomenal growth in my child’s brain and emotions.

From not only the first day of Kindergarten,

but throughout the last five years...

Learning the arts
{a little bit of my influence here, don't you think?}...

Exploring different cultures and countries
{show and tell day during the week they studied Japan}...

Touching the beauty of our Mother Earth {picking fresh juicy strawberries at the Fun Farm}...

of course the basics of reading...


and arithmetic.

But, most of all

his LOVE.

What a joy this is to watch. It never would have been the same if he had not been exposed to this little jewel of a school. A big thank you to all of you who taught him and cared about him during these last five years. You are appreciated.

I have deliberately stayed away from the computer to write because I knew that once I started on this subject, I would go on and on and probably bore all of you to death!

Friday evening we are going to our son’s graduation from Kindergarten. I never “graduated” from Kindergarten ~ perhaps because I stayed in the same school for first grade. Next year we go to the “big kid” school so it’s a BIG DEAL!

So that’s all I am going to write about this subject ~ this is about as personal as I may have ever been here “in my studio.”

Most of you have been where I am or are headed in that direction and you all have your delightfully unique stories about your children too. Happy graduation to all those who are crossing the threshold.  It’s a wonderful time in your life.
Enjoy it all!

Ciao amici,


The Vintage Sister said...

Awww, such a sweet post! Congratulations to Matthew and his awesomely neat handwriting!! My husband's handriting is HORRIBLE and it seems the gene is strong.

It was so nice to hear from you. As you know, it's not always easy to make time for the ol'blog.

Enjoy graduation and your weekend:)

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Congrats to the Grad!!!...and the rest of the family! Just one more step in the wonderful journey of life!

The best is yet to come!

Suzanne MacCrone said...

Hey Girls ~

You're so sweet to write ~ I know I got a bit sappy over this. I think it is more of a change for me than the little man!

Thanks for your kind wishes. I appreciate them, as always.

Angela said...

He is such a cutie!! I know exactly what you are feeling..my youngest, Brady, "graduated" from Kindergarten on Tues. and Griffin, my oldest, is graduating tomorrow from the 5th grade. I still cannot believe my little preemie-2 pounder, is going to middle school.
On the other subject...I have lived here all of my life except for a very short time in Tuscaloosa and it is very hard to make "true" friends here. You either belong to one class or fake your way into it or the other...we really need to get together-course I may be a little too "real" for ya.hahaha.

twinkleshabbystar said...

Happy Graduation Day Matthew! Suzanne!!! That was such a sweet post I was almost crying!!! hee! hee! WOW! He is really growing up and moving on to bigger schools. I know it pulls are your heartstings. Every little step and major accomplishment just validates they are growing up. I know you are sooo proud of your little man! Did you use a box of kleenex? Did your mascara hold up? hee! hee! Love ya!! XOXO,Jenn

Christine said...

That is such a darling picture of you and your son!! I know I'm going to feel the samr way in about two years:) What a wonderful pot~hope you are doing well~

Suzanne MacCrone said...

My Dear Friends ~

Thank you for your warm wishes! It was a wonderfully adorable evening where they played "It's a Small World" and the kiddos were dressed to represent countries they studied during the year. Of course, my little guy was a Venetian gondolier!

Enjoy each day.

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