No Longer a Kindergartener

by Janice

jacksons-cubby.jpgToday was Jackson’s last day in Kindergarten.

And as every mom will say — I can’t believe it is already over! But yet, September seems like a very long time ago.

With my belly nine months swollen with Olivia, I had handed my son over to a teacher I didn’t know and prayed that he would be okay. I was as scared as he was.

We both had some rough days and some great days. I wonder which he will remember the most…

Five years from now, when Olivia’s hand slips out of mine as she heads into school, I think it will be much easier for all of us. Especially since her big brother, full of advice and love, will be just a few classrooms away. And all of us will know that she will be okay — just like Jackson was, indeed, totally okay.

Way to go Jackson — you did a GREAT job! Congratulations!


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1 R.L.Scovens June 27, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Great job Jackson!! You have your whole life ahead of you!


2 Tonya June 27, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Wow he just got out of school! And he has lost teeth! What a big boy :)


3 Kristi June 27, 2008 at 1:55 pm

I think there’s going to be a whole slew of us commiserating over sending our kids to first grade come September. I love the missing tooth smile. Noah still doesn’t even have any loose.


4 Dolls Clothes Gal June 27, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Great tale of how our kids grow up way too fast!


5 M June 27, 2008 at 1:58 pm

Ohhhh Congratulations! I teach kindergarten so I get to do it over and over again…it’s the best grade of all! ….and I have been out for 2 weeks now….and am looking forward to fall already!
Happy Summer!


6 Angela Horne June 27, 2008 at 2:57 pm

Oh – the bittersweetness of watching them grow! Congrats, Mom… AND Jackson. ;)


7 Stephanie June 27, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Hooray for Jackson! He looks so proud!


8 Nodins Nest June 27, 2008 at 4:13 pm

WhooHoo, good for you Jackson! I’m sure everyone is so proud of you!


9 Jackie June 27, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Congrats, Jackson! What a handsome little man you have. :)


10 RefreshMom June 27, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Awww…congrats Jackson! My oldest starts Kindergarten in the fall and I never expected to be one of those moms who got all teary at the prospect, but here I am.

Last night I was watching the video I took at Bug’s last day of Jr-K and got totally choked up at their song “So long preschool it’s been fun, Kindergarten here we come!” (Heck! I’m doing it again typing it here.) I do want him to grow up, really I do! Why does it make me a sappy mess!?

Enjoy your big boy this summer (and these sweet days with Olivia before she joins him down the hall!)


11 Kari June 27, 2008 at 9:19 pm

Yay for Jackson!!! :D I’m sure you have grown so much….enjoy the summer and then FIRST GRADE!!! :D


12 melody is slurping life June 28, 2008 at 11:48 pm

Already a graduate. Congratulations, Jackson!

Wow, he just gets more handsome everyday.


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