Tuesday, May 25, 2010

My Day of Lasts

It seems like I blink and the days of firsts become the days of lasts. I stand in the middle of the kitchen screaming AMEN!, as I pack the last lunches of the school year. I have a break from the worry of do I have enough sandwich baggies.

Three more days. Just three more days.

For me those three days are full days, for the girls short days. Short days filled with stressful test taking. M is a more relaxed teenager than D haven taken three AP test a few weeks back. To which I really holler an AMEN! because I am not sure I could have handled much more of M's stress level at that point.

Today also marks D's last piano lesson with her (and Princess A's) long time music teacher. I have been scurrying across town for nine years to make lessons on time, giggling at there rewards of a single Pez for a lesson well performed and staring at the giant pine tree suited for a Rockefeller Center Christmas tree [that consumes the entire front yard] for nine years and today...today that all ends. Bitter sweet. Fear not the piano will not be silenced as we meet a new teacher next week.

So I say...good-bye school lunches, till we meet again. Good-bye Mrs. Johnson, may the silencing of the piano in your home and idle parents parked at your curb bring you a joyful retirement and mostly in honor of the kids, good-bye 6th hour, may your finals' questions be kind and easy.


Lin said...

Joe makes the lunches in our house and he was joining you in that happy dance last night. As each child finished their year, Joe would announce loudly "One less lunch to make!" and we'd all oooh and ahhh. I've always loved the "lasts" as school wound down and summer was just beginning, but now, my son is ending his High school year and this summer suddenly isn't so sweet. This summer will be filled with getting ready for him to leave, a huge difference from years gone by when summer just meant more time together.

Ah, such bittersweet emotions!

JODI said...

Lin- I never thought of Alee preparing for college as anything other than totally and completely exciting. There is so much magic in watching your child spread his or her wings and venture off into a new world. Relish and cherish these summer months.

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