Tomorrow is Brooklyn’s final day of kindergarten. I wasn’t expecting to feel so emotional about this special day. I thought I’d feel relieved…grateful for warm summer days…late mornings…time with our girls. Tonight as we were praying together before the girls went to sleep, Brooklyn told me how much she loves school and that she hopes when she goes in tomorrow that Mrs. Suddreth will tell her class that they have 18 more days of school. She told me all the things she will miss: centers, math, gym, computer lab, and the library were just a few. She doesn’t like that the desks are cleaned off and empty. She doesn’t want to empty her cubby. I know some of it just has to do with a change in the familiar. Mostly though, I think it comes from a little girl’s heart that is full of adoration for her teachers, her friends, and her experience at school.
It takes me back to the first day. When I sat at my computer in tears, praying that kindergarten would be kind to her. Praying that her teachers would see her heart and bring strengths out of her that I didn’t see. Praying that she would find kindness and friendship. Praying that she would love and enjoy learning. Praying that school would be a place of security and peace. Praying that she would be compassionate, kind, and thoughtful.
We’ve had some moments this year…when it was time to read but she’d rather play. When homework needed to be done, and she wanted to watch a movie. We all have those days. But at the end of the year, I have a little girl who loves school, who loves to read, who looks forward to each school day, who adores her teachers, who finds great joy in her friendships…
I am so grateful and so blessed. So thankful for an amazing year. For amazing people who poured into our oldest daughter, who welcomed Amari with open arms, and who embraced our family, wholeheartedly.
Thank you Parkway School. Thank you Mrs. Suddreth. Thank you Mrs. Kornhauser.
Thank you for a wonderful year. We are excited to see you next year (after enjoying a wonderfully, sunny, adventurous summer)!