Our son graduated from pre-school last night and turns six this summer. Kindergarten begins in the fall. Endings and beginnings. So when I asked him how he feels about entering kindergarten in the fall he says, “Sad, I am going to miss pre-school.”
I get anxious and worry for a moment. Why do I have this urge to rush him to the next stage? He is demonstrating a great lesson I need and that is to live in the present. He is exactly where he needs to be. Here he just ended one stage in his academic career and I am ready to push him to the next. Why do I need to engage in a conversation about kindergarten when it is only June and he just ended pre-school, yesterday.
Summer is here for a reason. The in between time to soak in the last season, grieve endings, gain strength and perspective for the next stage. I am going to let my son be as he feels and feel as he is, for that is exactly where he should be. What a lesson he has taught me on a Tuesday afternoon. Be here today for tomorrow is not yet. Duh!
by J.G. McGlothern