photo credit: mikethewebguy
Today is my third Kindergarten graduation ceremony. Well, it's the second I'll be attending. Today, my little guy graduates. He's excited about this because of the promise of a present if he can remember his part in his class presentation of the alphabet.
Do you remember Kindergarten?
I don't remember too much about my Kindergarten days. I remember that we would sing songs. There were arts and crafts. I think I learned how to cut my shapes. I definitely remember trying to learn how to spell "Michael," which seemed weird because everyone I knew called me "Mikey."
We didn't take naps at my school. When I learned later in life that other kids got to do that, I really feel like I missed out. Perhaps that why I like them so much as an adult. I'm making up for my lost nap time!
How sad is this? I don't remember any of the other kids in my class or even my teachers. I do remember the school. The classroom. And the clock on the wall that I would stare at because even though I didn't understand the concept of time, I knew that my favorite show (Sesame Street) started at 1pm and that's when I HAD to be home!
I certainly don't remember a kindergarten graduation ceremony, although I know I had one. I do recall my parents being excited that I was going into the first grade; with my not understanding what that was or meant.
It's different now though.
I remember my daughter Maddy's kindergarten ceremony. I remember the song they sang, "Ordinary Miracle" by Sarah McLachlan. How my heart was beaming with pride when she sang those words and made the hand gestures. I still get a little weepy when I play that song on my iPod. I remember being excited for her that she was going into the first grade, that she was growing up, and that the days of arts and crafts, snacks, naps, and story time were soon going to be replaced with homework, spelling tests, science projects, and math.
This afternoon, my Mikey finishes his time in Kindergarten. We've been working with him on his role in the graduation ceremony. His teacher is having all of the kids learn a poem about a letter in the alphabet. I'll have some time to get the perfect camera location because Mikey's got the letter "Y." It's is the letter that makes you want to say, "YAHOO!"
Hopefully there will some ice cream after graduation today. Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, and Grandpa will most like need a distraction as we wipe away our tears of joy.