Another Chapter Closed

They came parading through the room, red gowns flapping with every movement of their arms, white hats perched on their proud heads.

The black and red tassles waved with every step as their music cued them toward the front of the gymnasium.

I watched, tears welling as my son made his way through the room with his classmates. His telltale smirk and the occasional goofy faces made for the amusement of the public were the only signs that he was still the boy I knew so well.

The speeches were given by the program director and by the children’s teachers.

They were interrupted on occasion by a still childish giggle in the background, the excitement of the day overriding any requirements of silence.

Then, one by one, as their names were called out, each went to retrieve their official certificate of graduation; that single piece of paper proclaiming their victories.

They had made it. Finally, all of their hard work had paid off.

As they marched proudly back up the aisle to the rising sound of “Pomp and Circumstance,” diplomas in hand, I wiped the tears from my eyes.

These children, once our babies, helpless in every way, no longer needed us the way they once had.

They had accomplished their first major achievements here in this gymnasium and in the halls of this school.

Now, they would be moving on into a bigger world.

Even if it was only kindergarten…

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“Education is simply the soul of society as it passes
from one generation to the next.” – Unknown

____________________This post was written in response to a prompt by The Red Dress Club.

rememberedbuttonFor this week’s prompt we are asking you to remember a graduation. It doesn’t have to be yours and it doesn’t have to be high school.

As usual, word limit is 600.

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About Caitlin's Concepts

Mom to 4 boys and drowning in a sea of testosterone!
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8 Responses to Another Chapter Closed

  1. Shell says:

    So grown up! I swore I wasn’t going to cry at preschool graduation… but, they got me! The cute kids and then playing “Let Them Be Little.” Oh, I was a mess!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Oh you so had me! I had no idea that this was about Donovan! So very cool! Thank goodness we still have many years until they graduate from high school! I know all mothers get frustrated and tired but I wouldn’t trade it to miss the joys they will bring!

    • I just feel like somehow I’ve missed so much already, even though I have been here through it all. Time flies; even more so when you’re sleep-deprived and chasing other children. It just doesn’t seem like he could possibly already be 7!

  3. Galit Breen says:

    Love the quote, ADORE the pictures and, of course, your words are lovely as always! Congrats to your ‘lil guy!

  4. Loving all these vivid descriptions of the preschool graduations from you Mommies. Just wait to see what the future holds!!

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