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It seems like it was only moments ago that Zachary crossed the stage in East Boynton to graduate from VPK on a warm Saturday in May between hockey games. Colin was in first grade and Jacob had just finished sixth grade. Kindergarten was an approaching reality for Zachary, but where we are now (out of elementary completely and one heading to college) seemed to be in the distant future. Only it wasn’t so distant.
Cruel and misleading, time is a mistress that pulls no punches. It passes so quickly that none of us even notice and with the blink of our eye, our babies are no longer babies, but young men and women. Okay, okay, the Mayor is only going into middle school so young men and women may be a bit of a leap, but to be fair his older brother graduated high school and its all happening in what seems to have been a blink of the eye. I’m pretty sure just last Christmas, the Mayor was in his Exersaucer and Jacob was opening his favorite Goosebumps book.
After thirteen years, three schools, three houses, three boys, two states and countless businesses (run by the Mayor,) our elementary career as a family is over. No more awkwardly timed donuts with dads or muffins with moms on a Thursday or Friday morning. No more recess, parents running interference or safety patrol for this family. As the Mayor moves on to middle school, he gains independence and accountability for his studies.
It is hard to say bye to Sunset Palms since we’ve been there since it has opened and it has been great to our family. We’ve had so many amazing teachers throughout the years at the school and Mr. Fleming is both Zachary and Colin’s favorite. We were so lucky to be zoned for such an incredible school.
Saying goodbye to preschool was just as hard with Zachary graduated in 2011. Each of his graduations or moving on ceremonies, signals a change of life stages for our family. While the transitions in stage are a bit difficult and emotional, there is much beauty to be found in our life’s new stage. I look forward to showing what life’s next stage has in store for our family and for the Mayor.