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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Class of 2025

A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of watching my 5 year old daughter graduate from preschool.  For her big day I dolled her up in a beautiful dress, had her hair done, and allowed her to wear a touch of makeup.  I took some backyard pictures and sent her on her way with the rest of her class.  Little did I know that this milestone would have so much meaning to me as her mother. 

Once seated at the program, the vast room filled quickly with moms, dads, brothers, sisters, and grandparents waiting to watch their little graduates perform for the final time as a preschooler.  Cameras flashed at the empty stage to capture the decorations made by the little hands of the soon to be kindergartners.  Video camera's were rolling before the students made their appearance.  The soft hum of  voices calmed in wave form as the children began their ascend to the stage. 

The class of twenty some children sang and danced before us (except for a few select who appear to be too shy to perform in front of a group!) showing us all the moves and music they learned in preschool.  Cameras continued to capture memories of moments in time parents wanted to hold on to for a little bit longer. 

After the parents joined in for a dance the children filed into another room.  20 minutes later the instruments that together make up the sounds of  "Pomp And Circumstance" filled the room.   Immediately the crowed hushed again and out marched our now kindergartners, dressed in their caps with tassels.  Their heads were held high and with each step they took the older they looked.  A line was made on the stage where they stood gazing out at us.  A few waved, some squirmed, and others batted at their tassels.  As the song concluded the teacher took the podium and enthusiastically announced, "Ladies and gentlemen, the class of 2025!" 

In an instant, Cailyn grew up before my eyes.  Suddenly I was admiring my 18 year old daughter rather than my 5 year old.  It was like a scene in a movie when they fast forward time showing quick progressions.  Tears spilled over my eye lashes and raced down my cheeks gathering in a pool at my chin.  I stared in awe at my daughter and realized how quickly time goes.  I prayed silently asking God to please let me remember to slow down and enjoy each year.  I blinked and she quickly became my 5 year old once again, timid with her hands clasped at her side, rocking sweetly as her friends sang "Goodbye Friends" as their final song together as preschoolers.

Congratulations on your graduation sweet Cailyn Girl.  We are so very proud of you and love how eager you are to learn.  Whether you are a doctor, teacher, or become president we will always support and love you!  Keep dreaming big!

1 comment:

Kristie said...

Oh my goodness, it sounds like a very formal graduation!! I hope Max is super silly or does a flip off the stage so I won't feel so sad during his....ha! But that's still two more years until he graduates preschool...crazy! Beautifully written :)