Whew! This morning was emotional. With my boys leaving 5th grade for middle school and 8th grade for high school, there is typically so much pomp and circumstance around these milestones. And y’all know I LOVE pomp and circumstance. :-) I just wish the end of the school year and turned out differently, you know?! I imagine those of you with seniors feel my pain ten fold. At any rate, their schools went above and beyond to make their last day special. Both of them hosted parking lot send-offs for the graduating classes!
Our morning started with the elementary school 5th grade send off for Whit! Honey blocked his calendar, John managed to wake up before noon, and we made it a family affair.
There were days when I couldn’t be ready enough to move on from elementary school, after NINE years counting John’s Kindergarten through Whit’s 5th grade. However, now that the day has come it seems so incredibly sad! Be careful what you wish for, right? I was a mess waving our last goodbyes to the teachers – from BOTH boys – and staff we have grown to love like family. Whit, of course, maintained his composure at all times. He’s a man of few words and little outward emotion.
I cannot thank this school enough for the nine years of teaching, growing and, most importantly, LOVING my boys. It’s hard to believe the difference in the little boy I left there six years ago, and the young man that rode through the parking lot today. Honey graduated from this very school in 1986, with his brother four years ahead of him in 1982. John finished in 2017. And now we have precious Whit in 2020. It’s the end of an era for another generation of W’s at our sweet neighborhood school!
Look out middle school, we’re headed your way!
When I have a little more time I’ll share the details on how I made Whit’s big heads and the balloon garland (that I’ve now used 3 times in 2 weeks!).
Next up, we were off to middle school for the 8th grade send off. I was terrified of sending John through these doors three years ago, based on years and years of general negative middle school reports.
Well, we drove through that lot for the last time with John, completely overwhelmed by smiling faces and best wishes. The teachers and staff have been absolutely remarkable, and 6th – 8th go down as his best years of school yet! I thought elementary school would never be topped, but this school did it! GO RAIDERS!
High school, here he comes!
Driving through both schools, while the kids waved and celebrated, behind the smiles of the adults you could see the sadness in their eyes. They have loved these kids and invested in them for years. I know this send off was as hard on them as it was on the parents. Thankfully, my kids are much more rational and considerably less emotional than their mother. :-)
Happy last day of school, boys! None of this is how we imagined it would be, but is one we will never forget!
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