Through Mom's Eyes: Nursery School Graduation

A mother's reflection on her daughter's nursery school graduation day

Veni, vidi, vici: I came, I saw, I conquered. To my almost-5-year old daughter’s nursery school graduation, that is. I had been anticipating the day ever since her first “moving up” ceremony in the 2s. I watched the seemingly “old”  5-year olds get up on stage (not run off the stage, as my almost 3-year old did), sing all the songs and know all the moves to their choreographed dances. I watched as the 4s parents took pictures, cried and congratulated each other on their children graduating from nursery school and moving on to kindergarten. And as I sat there, with my 5-week old baby boy near me, I did not think that my time as a parent of a grad would be here anytime soon.

Yet, in a flash, it was. Fast-forward 2 years to watching my 2-year old trying to run to his sister on stage and the same little girl who 2 years ago ran off stage crying who was now singing along with her friends. My big girl, all grown up and ready for kindergarten. Well, sort of…she still needs my help every now and then and still acts every bit her age of “almost 5.”

In some ways, I feel that I’M the one who graduated – from my first experience with nursery school, making new friends of my own, navigating the PTA/school board world and draining my bank account for every school fundraiser, photo and field trip. And what a wild ride it’s been for me, one that I’m anxious and excited to start all over again this fall with my son who will entering the 2s. I’ve learned that graduation, while not as sad as I anticipated it would be (I brought a stack of tissues with me), was an emotional time to look back on the people and place that helped shape my daughter’s first few years. I realized that without this experience, she might not be the person she is now – happy, funny, smart, sensitive and caring. I hope she made friends who will stick with her for years, despite attending different schools and living in different towns.

And as for me, I hope I’ll have the strength I had at my daughter’s nursery school graduation come time for my “baby” boy’s graduation 3 years from now. Which should be interesting considering I am already teary at the thought of sending him to camp alone for 4 hours a week!

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What???? June 11, 2012 at 02:05 AM
"They don't know what's ahead will be just as wonderful as what is now behind them?" Are drugs involved here? Hate to break it to ya Laurie, what's behind is nirvana, what's ahead is death, loss of life and love, pain, worry, dread, with brief moments of clarity and or serenity. Spell it L-I-F-E. I'd love some of what your smokin'. When you land call me from the airport I'll come down and pick you up.
WhenItHits June 11, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Some people are shallow because they haven't experienced pain yet. Yuppies are particularly prone to this with their insulated lives. When it hits, it hits hard.
PutDownTheNipple June 11, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Nursery school graduation is one of the most overwhelming emotional experiences of one's life. I was the commencement speaker at my son Max's nursery school graduation just last week. I worked with a therapist for three months prior to that fateful day and would highly recommend this to all young mothers whether you are lucky enough to have been asked to speak to the graduates or not. Sure in mere months there will kindergarten and when the curtain comes down there, there will be a first grade and a second and so on and so on. But that's hardly a comfort after you've watched a 4 year walk across that stage and sing all the old nursery school graduation songs we know so well. I'm crying now just thinking about it. Sure there will be high school graduation and college ceremonies, but they'll hardly be remembered. Nursery school is what we'll all be talking about. For it's not like every new thing our children are involved in will become the be all and end all of our lives. I'd like to close here as I did at my son Max's graduation. "There may be a few here today, who may leave high school without a sheepskin. Always remember, you are still graduates. For you are nursery school graduates. Now run off aimlessly in a hundred different directions and shove whatever you can find on this earth into your mouths." My keyboard is drenched just thinking about it. Congratulations graduates!
Heron June 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Aidan June 22, 2012 at 01:36 AM


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