Article by Wendy McCance
Tomorrow is the first day back to school for my kids. I have spent some time mourning the fact that my youngest child has graduated from elementary school and my oldest is in her last year of high school. They are all growing up way to fast.
I had focused on losing the sweet moments of artwork brought home, school parties and the cute parade of children all dressed up in their Halloween costumes. I loved the smell of the elementary school and the smallest children walking behind their teacher in a single file row.
Today I got a glimpse of the upside to having older kids. I was sitting on the sofa working on my computer. My two younger kids were a sea of activity sitting in front of the sofa on the floor. The schedules were out and the kids were doing a checklist to make sure they had all of their school supplies ready to pack into their book bags. My daughter was helping my son organize his supplies so that he could neatly pull out a complete package of items needed for each particular class. When everything was packed and ready to go, the kids jumped up and went into the kitchen to pack their lunches. After the lunches were completed, they went upstairs and pulled out the clothes that they would wear for the first day of school. This was completed with a small fashion show and a debate over which shoes my daughter should wear.
I went out onto the porch with my husband, and as we sat their talking, it dawned on me. I hadn’t helped them get ready for school, at all. I hadn’t even had to nag them to get their things together for tomorrow. It was the craziest feeling of freedom. It felt like the same relief I had felt when the kids were small and were done wearing diapers, or the car seat was finally taken out of the car for good.
Yes, the kids are growing up. Yes, I miss them in their smaller form. But, who wouldn’t be thrilled to not have to pack up three book bags, go over each schedule and make three lunches. The kids are getting older, but the perks are wonderful.
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