I have so many posts in my head and no clear idea of what I want to write.
Soleil has pre-kindergarten graduation tomorrow. I have mixed ideas on this. The first is that it is silly. I mean, caps and gowns for 5 year olds? Pa-lee-zzz! Do we need to do this? Pre-kindergarten was great, but a graduation?
It is an important change to her life. Her best friend, Rachael, is going to stay in her town, and Soleil will be going to school in our town. They have been in the same day care since they started! Rachael is 2 weeks older than Soleil. Luckily, I have become good friends with Rachael’s parents. This allows us to really still get together. Soleil will be leaving behind the day care life and entering public school life. This is a huge change.
Instead of mom and dad driving both girls to day care, Soleil will walk to the bus stop and take the bus to school. Instead of having mom pick her up, the bus will take her to the after school program. Instead of a single pre-K classroom, she will be in one of 8 kindergartens in her school.
Luna will have a huge change as well. She has always been with her sister. Most days find the girls holding hands in the back seat of the car (I know! so darn cute). Now, Luna will have to strike out on her own. She will be alone at day care, the lone spacekid there. I am hoping she will flourish as she has tried to copy her sister for so long.
I am actually thrilled with the public system in our town (so far). It reminds me of what I grew up in. Small. The graduating class in our town is similar to the size that I grew up in. The physical SIZE of our town is about 1/3 of what I grew up in, but the class size is the same.
So, graduation does mean something here. It is a huge life change for these kids. Maybe they do have a reason after all…