These two boys continue to bring me to my knees with the privilege of getting to be their mother. They are smart, kind, silly, rambunctious young boys that try very hard to please and succeed in school – from the first to the very last day.
The littles recently got a new school bus and it plays music like an ice cream truck!! Today it was blaring “School’s out for summer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” As they came bounding off as rising fourth and first graders, I doused them with silly string!
And, as has been our tradition since John’s last day of Kindergarten in 2012, we ended our school year with The Walk of Fame. With both littles celebrating this year, I lined each side of the driveway with signs touting their accomplishments, both in and out of the classroom over the last year.
John’s year started off so horrifically, the fact that he came off the bus on the last day of 3rd grade grinning from ear to ear made me well up with tears. Ten months ago this seemed impossible. But, with a new teacher and renewed confidence, he thrived. He can absolutely, positively look back on his 3rd grade year and say “look at everything I did!”
And then there’s my baby. My sweet, precious, silly Whit that I wanted more than anything I’ve ever wanted in my life. It is a little difficult to admit, but all that I’ve wanted for him in his six years on this earth is for him to be happy. And he IS!!! But I fear I short changed him. Because he simply blew us away this year!!!! At every turn, with every new challenge, he took it head on and thrived! He’s SO smart, such a hard worker, and very serious about doing well at everything he tries. He’s also as silly as all get out and so matter-of-fact that you know he speaks the truth at all times… even when it’s hard to hear. I couldn’t be prouder of this kid and will spend the summer in shock that my baby has finished kindergarten!
At the end of our Walk of Fame, they crashed through the Welcome to Summer banner! Crossing that threshold on the last day of school means lazy mornings, long afternoons at the pool and late evenings in the yard.
We got things started off right with The Coolest Summer Ever snack waiting on the porch. I set it all up using things I already had around the house. It doesn’t have to take time or money to make things special.
While we snacked on their favorite chocolate rice krispie treats and popcorn, reviewed the highlights of their last day of school, and made our annual summer bucket list for what’s bound to be The Coolest Summer Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As I was texting the baby’s teacher this afternoon, the last day of school is my favorite day of the year. More than Christmas or birthdays or any day in between. It’s the culmination of hard work, the cusp of a great summer reward and the prelude to the next chapter to come.
Congrats boys, you did it! Welcome to summer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now, let’s hit the pool…