It's hard to believe it was only 5 1/2 years ago that I was endlessly shoveling snow in a futile attempt to be able to get out of the drive way in case my wife was to go into labor. Soon, Ashley will be going to Kindergarten.
I just spent the last week with my family in South Padre Island and it amazes me how grown up she is becoming. Only a few months ago she could barely pass her swim test at the YMCA and now I watch her swim and tread water in the deep without her floaties. I watch her make friends on the beach and go out to the surf zone on her boogie board. We do all of the rides at Schlitterbahn and a REAL roller coaster at Six Flags. Although I think she reconsidered that decision since she didn't want to ride it a second time. She sings all of the songs from our latest Laurie Berkner CD and she sounds out and recognizes words.
Wow, we are so proud to be her parents. I hope letting her go to school isn't too rough on us.
My oldest son is in first grade this year and sending them off to their first year of school is pretty emotional. I imagine in part because you are proud to be a parent, nervous about their experience at school, and that you are getting old. ;-)
I have two more kids to go through it with too. After Kintergarden, it's much smoother.
My son started school when he was four and when I was working away from home. Being away meant I also missed his first two years at school. So now the family have moved here (Oxford), he can tell me about his day and vice-versa at the dinner table every evening (he's seven going on seventy now). Enjoy the short time ahead while they become real little people.
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