What a Difference…

My little girl finished kindergarten today.

Here she was on her first day:

And here she is today:

The difference in her face is striking to me; it’s like a year of school has swapped out her babyness and replaced it with, I don’t know… wisdom? Knowing? I mean, yes, she’s like 15% older than when we took the first picture… but she looks like she’s aged.

I have a mixture of emotions about her experience and her school and the place we’ve chosen to call home. And she can be incredibly difficult for her mother and myself to deal with to such an extent that I quiver when I think about what awaits us in her teenage years. But I’m unequivocally proud of what a good, eager and curious learner she is, and more than anything in my life I love watching that take shape. The other day she said to her mom, “isn’t it kind of sad when you finish a book?”  I can’t think of another phrase I’d more wish my six year-old to say.

6 thoughts on “What a Difference…”

  1. So cute! We have the same thing here at the end of each year. I think it’s harder for us than it is for Gus, actually, though he loves his school + misses it over the summer.

  2. @Maura: Yeah, I expect the feeling will occur and astonishment will deepen every year.

    @Jim: Thanks! Credit for the pics goes to @paulasaha. And, I agree… it’s wonderful to have kids to remind me of the pure joy of learning that’s always available.

  3. I feel you. Even with a 7-month-old, I so enjoy seeing the curiosity and am looking forward to being part of his learning. It’s going to be hard to balance fostering curiosity with keeping him safe, and both with the knowledge that whatever we do we can’t keep him completely (emotionally, physically, psychically) safe, that in fact failure of various sorts is necessary for growth. Have you already had the experience of seeing her hurt, betrayed, disappointed?

  4. @Trip: I have seen that. Sometimes, it’s us doing the disappointing (taking away a privilege, for instance). But I’ve also seen social moments of eagerness and exclusion in group situations that are as heartbreaking as the moments of joy are buoying. Parenting is a freaking emotional rollercoaster.

  5. Does school age us prematurely? I would argue yes, that’s the whole idea of it, and pop culture is there as a remedy to infanailize their tastes. It’s all a conspiracy man!

    No the less, she’s awesome, and the book quote is one for the ages.

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