Tonight was my son Zachary’s preschool graduation. It wasn’t a graduation in the sense that they dressed in caps and gowns and received a rolled up diploma, it was more of a celebration of their time at preschool and an opportunity to signify the fact that they’re leaving preschool behind and moving up in life to elementary school.
The preschool Director said some lovely things about all of the children, and put together a great slideshow of the kids. Usually, a slideshow like that is sure to make me cry, but tonight was different. Mostly because I had 2 kids talking to me the entire time, but also because I kept thinking about what a pain in the a*s preschool is, and how I’m really looking forward to having a break before my youngest son starts next year.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a firm believer in the positive benefits of preschool, and I really can’t say enough good things about the entire staff at our school. They have become friends over the years, and there is no one I would trust more with my kid’s extra-early education.
But having said that, there are a few things that I’m really looking forward to not having to deal with any longer. Preschool tuition being at the top of the list, because even though I fully believe that it’s necessary, that doesn’t make it any easier to write the check every month. Our preschool is also on the other end of town, and although it’s really not that far, I’m not sad about not having to make the trek out there four times a week. Also, I’ll now only have to keep track of the schedule for one school, which will (hopefully!) make remembering significant dates and events that much easier. On a related note, if anyone tells you that I was a week late for the food pantry donations at preschool this year, I will totally deny it.
I am torn between being sad that Zach is a big enough boy to be ready for kindergarten, and that we’re leaving so many of our friends behind, and being happy about the new direction that our life is going to take this coming year.
I think I’ll stick with the happy part, because I know that we’ll be back with our friends again when Ollie starts preschool next year.