Tonight was the Grade 7 Farewell and dance for our middle child. It’s rather interesting to celebrate this at the school they attend. Since the school currently runs from Grade 1 thru Grade 12. It seems there are certain milestones at every school that deserve celebration.
Finishing Kindergarten and moving on into Grade School: That is a really special moment because it’s a real transition from baby to child in the education system. It’s one of those years that you can see the development progress in each child. And it’s as tough a moment at the start of that year as it is at the end. But then school just goes on, year by year, with little parties at the end of each until they hit Grade 7.
Grade 7 is filled with the start of growing into adults. Real homework, challenging projects; throw in puberty- and the year is a roller coaster of emotions. But they made it. A part of me knows that our daughter is still a child. She’s still the little girl who loves Hello Kitty and all of her stuffed animals. But I know she is growing up. She’s also the young lady already planning her university workload- still five years to get through my dear before that day.
Darwin is full of smiles and laughs today. She enjoys hanging out with her classmates. She will see her friends over the summer. She will even see many of then again next year back at the same school. The life and fun of being a kid in Grade 7 going into summer is everlasting. It brought me back to my youth seeing the smiles and joy on all of their faces. The kids did a great job, and we’ve done a great job. There was joy and pride shining through on the parents as well tonight.
If high school for my daughter follows a similar path to mine- the next five years may contain the biggest challenges yet. For both her and us as parents. But I will be there proud as ever when she graduates Grade 12. The same pride as when she graduated preschool.
So it turns out that today was another turning point in one of our children’s lives. I’m really happy for her. I’m really happy she isn’t embarrassed by my either. She looks up to me for some reason. And I look up to her as well. Darwin is proving to be a very bright and talented hard worker.
Total proud dad here. I’m doing an okay job being a father. She doing a great job just being her.