How can this be possible? I gave birth to this baby yesterday. Seriously. It was yesterday. But apparently not. My baby girl, my hot mess, just graduated from Kindergarten. Not a big deal you say? The hell! It’s been a hard road and she’s not an “easy” kid. I’ve gone to Staples and they told me there are no easy buttons for kids like this!
But she did it. She didn’t just do it, she excelled at it. She’s goofy, she acts up, but this baby did it. She stayed on “green” for most of the year. Two reds, one yellow. I’ll take it. That’s a record any mom should be proud of.
It was a long ceremony. I might have complained a time or two. But truth be told, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
As she stood in the pool of caps and tassels, I watched her craziness. I don’t think she was flossing her teeth on stage, but I’m not sure. I’m never completely sure with her but there’s never a dull moment and that’s the fun part.
There are times in a momma’s life when she should tell her child to act like “the others”. Then there are those times when she realizes that her daughter acts just like her and it’s OK to be different. And so I encourage it: Cut up Bug. You’re on stage. It’s your time to shine. Be funny and make them laugh. If they aren’t laughing, you’re doing something wrong. That’s my girl!
And then, when the ceremony’s finally over, and you see your baby girl with her friends, you know it’s the beginning of the end (for you anyway…not for her). Yes, they’re only 5 or 6. Yes, they have years to go before they’re grown. Or do they? In the blink of an eye they went from infants to Kindergarten graduates. Future burn book authors (seriously look at these girls and think about the movie Mean Girls). It’s hard to swallow. I swallowed back many tears as I watched my baby girl relish in “her moment”. I’ve already seen 2 tiny minions grow and leave the nest. I want to hold fast to this one, and to her brother.
Congratulations Bug! Can you do me a favor though and just slow down a bit? There’s plenty of time to grow up. For now, just be Mommy’s baby girl, keep smiling, and keeping being the “different” you that makes you so special. I’m proud of you.
Christy Gossett, managing editor of SoFabFood and creator of the healthy living blog, Insanity Is Not An Option, is a WAHM of 6 kids ranging in age from 27 to 8. She enjoys sharing her heart-healthy, low sodium recipes to help others with dietary restrictions enjoy a flavorful life while maintaining a healthy diet.
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