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Wrapping Up and Gearing Up

August 26th, 2009 by jennyonthespot

I am in between. The last days of summer are here and I am finding myself wanting for more.

I’m not done! We’re not done!

Where did Summer go?

Indianola Beach

I am trying to make the most of these last 2 weeks of summer. It has been full. It has been busy, but as I stand at the edge of Fall I feel —> it has not been enough. I am looking forward and I am hit with the realization that this is my last year with a preschooler. I have spent the last 10 years of motherhood with a preschool-aged child or younger.

Do I know how to be a mom to big kids? This first day of school will by MY last first day of preschool


Oh, the bittersweet ache of growth. A parent’s goal is to grow our children. Our pride is their progression in education and ability and social integration. And I am finding my heartbreak is the very thing I have been striving for… healthy, happy kids who are learning to be independent.

I WANT to keep them close. I WANT to let them go. I want to keep summer close. I want to let summer go because…

Oh the wonders of Fall!!!  The smell. The sound. The feel. It is my favorite season.

Soccer Season Begins

Fall emerges

Fall reminds me of home. It is a time to refocus and start new routines. It brings a centering of family… The days grow shorter and we hunker down. We build fires, share blankets and snuggle on the couch. We plan for holidays, run to soccer and play practice and rush about in a growing chill. I look at the leaves and talk about the change with my children. Because that is what my great-grandmother did with me.

It’s hard… to wrap-up and gear-up all in one big effort. Yet, it is something that happens every year. It is bittersweet. I am ready for the change, but long for just a little bit more.


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3 Responses to “Wrapping Up and Gearing Up”

  1. TracyMar Says:

    What a beautiful post! I have 2 kids, my youngest is going into 2nd grade. It was hard for me when they left preschool. we were 5 years at the same co-op preschool. Tacoma has all day kindergarden now. I am glad both kids were able to do 1/2day so I could enjoy that time with them.
    I can’t stand the arguing they do all summer, but I sure enjoy the time with them. It’s hard when they go back to school

  2. jennyingram Says:

    Thanks Tracy! It is so hard to leave a school where you have such deep roots. After this year, we will have had 7 years at the preschool *clutching chest*… And I agree whole heartedly – the arguing all summer, but the struggle with actually letting them go. It’s crazy, but so comforting to know these emotions are normal!

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