Graduation = Growing Up
“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (II Timothy 3:14-15)
The last grade six graduation I attended was for my sister Kathleen. She was a super happy and bubbly child…cute as anything (except when it came time to comb her hair — she HATED that). On her graduation day, we styled her hair with curls and butterfly clips, put her in a pretty dress and sent her off to finish her elementary school years.
That day was one of many days that she has made me proud … that day she won an award in memory of another student in her class who had died in a tragic accident. The award was given to the child who was happy, friendly, nice to everyone and had a huge heart … much like her friend who had died.
Fast forward many years, and I sat at my son’s grade 6 graduation….one of many moments since I became a mom that I have been happy, sad and proud all at the same time. My little boy was officially finishing elementary school…..and very much like my sister, he took home an award. He won the PEI Home and School Association’s volunteer of the year award…for all his help with the school’s breakfast program, for taking his recess’s to help out with the younger kids, for helping smaller kids learn to read and do math…things he did all on his own, never ever telling me he was doing it.
After a summer filled with baseball…did I mention that his team is doing AWESOME, day camps whereby Keagan was asked to come back next year as junior counsellor, relaxing….beach anyone??, a three day stint at Blue Jays Camp….how cool was that!!!!, and of course work….one day I’m going to get a job with summers off;) I am ready for MY vacation.
I had planned to go visit my mom but then I found out we would have baseball finals that week….so home I will stay. That is okay … maybe it will be rainy (the forecast is all sunshine) the first few days and I won’t feel guilty for staying inside and cleaning closets. I can’t wait to see what treasures from grade six I will unearth, the stuff Keagan has forgotten about….the stuff he thought was awesome enough to keep, stuff I will keep for him.
After I clean those closets I am going to go spend a few days with my sister Kathleen, my sister in law Jana and all my gorgeous nephews and my niece….I cannot wait!!!! Because after this next week ends, reality will set in and my baby will head off to junior high….I’ve already bought the school supplies…and it will start another amazing chapter in our lives. I wonder which of my siblings he will take after next…