Our youngest child, Andrew, turned 12 this past Thursday.
A week from today, he’ll wrap up 6th grade at Sands Montessori, the same school his three older siblings attended (and the first public Montessori school in the United States!).
We’ve had kids there since 2005, and have made great friends with fellow parents over the years. It’s hard to believe that a week from now, we won’t be “Sands parents” anymore. It’s the end of an era, the closing of another chapter in our lives.
I work from home most Tuesdays, and drop Andrew off at Sands in the morning. I won’t miss the school drop-off line – for some inexplicable reason I fully expect preschoolers and grade schoolers to disgorge from their parents’ cars with the swiftness of WWII GIs leaving their Higgins boat during the D-Day invasion… a sure recipe for frustration.
But I’ll really miss my time with Andrew in the morning – waking him at 8 (I call him “Lieutenant Lazybones”), serving him a nutritious breakfast of… whatever sugar-laden cereal happens to be handy…
… listening to music on our three-minute ride to school, giving color commentary on the other cars in line (“look at this one, stopping only halfway through the circle… c’mon, your snowflake can walk an extra 20 feet!”)…
… sending him on his merry way with a quick “love you!”… and getting back a “love you too” because he’s not a jaded teenager yet.
Come August, he’ll be getting on a bus with two of his older siblings, headed to Walnut Hills. He’ll still be my boy, he’ll still be our baby… but baby boy has left the building. And I really miss him.
All the feels, D2. All the feels.
I know you’ve lived it, JK.
I love reading these “quiet thoughts” of yours, Damian, I often read them in the morning on my phone and only much later get around to checking the desktop version, with pictures, which makes me feel like I’m reading them for the first time 🙂
My boy will be 11 this year, I’m slowly catching up…
Thanks so much for being a loyal reader, Damjana. I really appreciate it.