Preschool Graduation

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preschool graduation

When Lily had her preschool graduation a few years ago, I found the whole pomp and circumstance around the event to be a tad silly. By a tad silly, I mean completely fucking ridiculous.

Fathers were proudly videotaping the event. Mothers were clutching bouquets of flowers in their fists and dabbing tears out of their eyes. Siblings and grandparents were sitting on folding chairs carefully reading the one page programs. Were these people for real? I expected a sweet little performance and maybe a photo op. It was freaking pre-school, not college, for crying out loud. What were they graduating from, exactly? Had they really learned anything? Accomplished anything? I desperately scanned the room for someone to roll my eyes at, but everyone else was transfixed on their own offspring. What a joke.

Ben graduated from preschool today, almost two years to the day that Lily did. It’s a different school, but the fuss was the same. The director gave a speech about milestones and education and how our children are particularly kind and gifted. The kids preformed sweet little songs, diplomas were handed out and the token nervous kid ran off the stage. Everything was pretty much the same, except for one thing: Me.

No, I wasn’t the mom sobbing into her sleeves or the obnoxious one pushing and shoving to get the perfect picture of my kid walking off stage, but I wasn’t rolling my eyes, either. With Lily, little milestones were exciting, not sentimental. Now that I know how fast the years fly by, though, my perspective has changed. Sure, this may just be a big fuss over a little event, but in the blink of an eye these kids will be graduating from kindergarten and eighth grade and high school. Their innocent little years are numbered and they won’t always look so darling up on stage. It kind of is something to celebrate.

I’m confident of one thing: When Evan graduates in two years, I will be “that” parent, holding a bouquet of balloons with tears streaming down my face. And, I’m even more sure that there will be a first time mother rolling her eyes at me. But, I’ll be too busy with my eyes transfixed on my baby to notice.

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  1. 1

    Ali says

    That is so true, they grow up so fast. Embrace the moment and let yourself get caught up in the excitement of the little milestones in their lives. :)

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    Life with Kaishon says

    : ( I cried.
    Just reading this made me cry.
    Doesn’t the time fly?
    My baby is going to freaking MIDDLE SCHOOL next year.
    Kill me now!

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    Shell says

    When my oldest graduated from preschool last year, I was too busy trying to keep my younger two from having meltdowns to get all emotional about it.

    I’m the same mom who dropped her kids off at preschool by shoving them out the van door w/o fully stopping, though.

    But, my youngest? He starts preschool this fall and I’ll cry.

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      Natalie says

      Shell (9:32pm)
      Thanks!! You made me laugh out loud at the comment ‘shoving them out the van door without fully stopping’.
      I’ve been *bitchy* all morning (PD day today) and this one had me laughing cause we’ve all had our moments of being unable to get rid of the kids fast enough!

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    Anthony says

    I have to say, I do feel schools amp up the achievements of three year olds at the end of the school year. I have read take-home flyers that make the kids sound like brain surgeons and rocket scientists after all the hard work theyve done at the school.

    Bird feeders are cool, but COME ON.

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    Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation says

    Hahaha! Tad silly = fucking ridiculous. You crack me up. I agree with you..the years seem to be flying by. Now to only get someone to capture a picture of you clutching that bouquet with misty eyes!

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    Sue says

    So, damn true. It’s sort of the end of the year celebration with every sport our children participate. What are they getting those trophies for participating? We are awarding a generation for non occasions. Makes the real celebrations…dull. sigh

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    Karen L. Coffey says

    I am a mother of 4 and I have seen 3 of my children graduate from PS, and 2 from HS! I NEVER rolled my eyes because even the first time, I knew it was important. Not for me, but for my child, and for his teachers. It was the PS teachers that got the most out of it, as they were saying goodbye to a group of kids whom they had learned to love, and would never have the privilege to teach again. Sure, they would see them at the local grocery store once in a while, but not in the classroom. Now I am looking down the barrel of the same graduation ceremony in a couple of years and because this is my last, I will be bawling, I’m sure. Because, I too, know how fast the time goes, and yes it’s only preschool, but literally in the blink of an eye it will be HS!!! Thank you for sharing this milestone of your child’s with us! It was great to reminisce my own children’s milestones.
    Karen Coffey

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    Chelsie says

    I cry when I pack up another box of clothes my son grows out of so… I’ll definitely be that mom. I’ll also be the mom yelling at her kid to quit trying to kiss all the little girls standing around him. My son, the Lothario.

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    Ryan (The Woven Moments) says

    I’m going to my oldest daughter’s preschool graduation on Friday. I PROMISE you I will cry. And then I will make fun of myself. And then blog about it, natch.

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    Maggie says

    Yeah..I am ALWAYS that Mom. I am sitting here crying over YOUR child graduating pre-school. WTH. Seriously. My one and only is 15. I still can picture his sweet little face up on stage. The years fly by. Enjoy them!

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