This past Friday evening we took part in an age-old pomp and circumstance ceremony – C graduated from Pre-K! As a parent, I could not have been more proud. As a (mostly) reformed cynic, I took it all in stride while taking deep breaths – and I tried not to tear-up at the same time.
The ceremony went off without a hitch, for the most part, and my little guy sang his heart out when it came time for their class song – complete with adorable, off-beat hand-clapping. It was the cutest! I brought my camera, I took videos on my phone, the grandparents attended, we all got dressed up (as much as I could twist a house full of boys’ arms anyways). It was certainly a BIG moment for our little family.
As much as I loved seeing my son on stage, smiling, waving and then receiving his little rolled up diploma, it was the little moments off-stage that I cherished the most. One of his teachers had to take a leave of absence for the last month of school and she was able to make it to the graduation. After we dropped C off in the gym prior to the ceremony, he was elated when he saw her and cried out “Ms. Tracy!!” and gave her a huge hug. Precious.
Afterwards, C very clearly remembered the deal I made with him. We were to go out for ice cream after it was all over – and he had his mind set on it! I convinced him to take a few photos and he ever-so-proudly displayed his cap and diploma outside for me. It was the perfect evening for pictures and gave me another little moment to remember. Especially when he and his younger brother began to run around in the field and I got to capture some of those smiles for forever.
Anyways, I wanted to share all of this with you because it got me thinking about the future, the seemingly distant future. My oldest will graduate high school in the class of 2027 and my youngest will be class of 2030. That seems so far down the road!
I am relishing these little moments as I look forward to the big moments as well. Five years has already flown by and all I want to do is slow time down. And so I cherish those fleeting times. I may not remember the special guest speaker at their preschool graduations, but I will always keep in my heart the little laughs, hugs and kisses.