Thursday, May 24, 2007

Last Day of School

Jackson's last day of Mother's Day Out is today. Next time he goes, it will be to a different program. He has been in a class with older toddlers - who in fact were already toddlers when Jackson, still a baby, started. He has learned so much over the past few months and I can't help but think he's been challenged in a great way by being with the older kids. I am so attached to the teachers and the program director who have been so kind, encouraging, and loving. Hopefully they won't think I'm weird when I show up with my camera this afternoon and if I get a little teary saying goodbye. I should be getting him ready right now but since his class is having Wendy's for lunch, I don't have to make him yet another grilled cheese sandwich today. Woo hoo! The truth is I've had Jackson enrolled in two programs - it's a long story - and I've just been choosing based on my work needs each week which days/place to take him. I feel like I've been two-timing them. Every "Oh, we missed Jackson last time!" makes me feel like a jerk. So while I'll really miss this place, it will be good to shake that guilty feeling! If and when my dad reads this he'll be sure to lecture me on false guilt. Thanks in advance, Dad!

16 comments:

pinkmommy said...

I can sympathize! My little girl has gotten so attached to her little friends and teachers at MDO! Next week is her last week, so I will be getting sad and sentimental. Her last week of her first year of mother's day out... Those wonderful people have changed her life for the better...for the most part (she has learned a few things from the other kids that we could have skipped, but that's life). She starts preschool in the fall...my baby is growing up:(

Susan said...

On the last day of our daughter's preschool, I couldn't go pick her up. I made my husband. He was SOOO angry with me...the teacher was crying, Sarah was crying, he started crying. That's exactly why I didn't go!

Jen said...

Hopefully the parents of my 4 kids not coming to summer school won't think I'm weird when I get a little teary saying goodbye this afternoon. :) I do it every year though!

Shelly said...

Thanks for the reminder about false guilt....I hate that stuff! But you'd think that I love it some days. Enjoy this last day of MDO - tears are allowed :)

Becca said...

You are not silly for crying! I get so emotional every year during the 5th grade awards assembly. My precious little students are so proud of their accomplishments and I am so proud of them too. After spending each weekday with them for a year, I get seriously attached to all those cute smiles! I know Jackson's teachers feel the same.

Hugs,
Becca

The Van Fam said...

How we understand! This has been our first week without MDO and I miss it already! I'm counting down the days until VBS!!!

Oh, and take the camera!! They'll understand!

Alana said...

Two words - preschool graduation - for us yesterday. I was a blithering mess.

Deidre said...

I can so relate Amanda. We have to say 'goodbye' to my 5 yr old's teachers next Thursday. There have already been tears. It's so precious when God puts wonderful examples of Him in our children's lives in way of a good teacher. Anyone who loves on our children are to be cherished.

AKat said...

It's my last day, too! Oh, my goodness. The feel of finishing the year feels great. Summer officially begins at 1 pm.

Jungle Mom said...

That brings back good memories...just wait til they leave home..and get married! Life changes, enjoy each step!

Anonymous said...

Honey, I cried every single last day of Mother's Day Out...and I was the teacher. Jackson's teachers feel almost the same way you do about the season ending. Something really special takes place when you have the privilege of mothering somebody else's child while mom takes a tiny break.

From a Former Mother's Day Out teacher...and your mother.

jen said...

I completely empathize with you today. Davids last day of school is today. He has grown so much this year in pre-k. It's been amazing to watch him. He went from a shy little boy who would talk to no one outside our immediate family, to a smart bright little boy who will now talk to anyone. The best part is that he talks to most of them about Jesus and church without ever worrying if they will think he's weird or not. He became one of the most loved children in his class by both his teachers and the other kids. It has been an amazing transformation. I hate to see it end. His teacher is amazing and I know all these things are not coincidences. God blessed his path from day one and we give him all the praise for that. I am so thankful David had this opportunity. Now it's on to Kindergarten.... ACK! Sending you some air hugs and tissues. And don't worry, I'm taking my camera this afternoon as well!

Anonymous said...

Oh how I remember those days like they were yesterday. But now, I have my second child graduating from high school this weekend. I keep thinking, "didn't I just have my babies". What a blessing children are, enjoy each and every crazy, silly, goofy thing they do. And love each and every teacher along the way.
Blessings!
L from OHIO

connorcolesmom said...

Amanda,
My oldest son was so attached to his teacher (she was such a sweet spirit filled person) and I think I was as attached as he was!! We went through so many changes during that year and she was there to encourage both of us. I think that is why 5 years later she still has such a special place in my heart. Definitely bring the camera those moments need to be captured and treasured for years to come!
Have fun!!!!

Debra said...

I feel your pain. Right now we are in the throws of saying good bye to the only school my children have known. Tomorrow is their last day. They are sad. New friends and teachers do not appeal to them at this moment.

Amy T said...

My son wanted to go to the high school graduation just so he could say bye one more time to his 2nd grade teacher. I told him he'd see her next year and he said - Not very much! (The third grade class is right next door to the 2nd grade - small Christian school) It was sweet.