I had a five and a half year-old little boy, an almost three-year-old little boy and a nine month-old baby girl. Zach was the five and a half year-old. He was ready to leave the world of preschool behind and head off into the big, wide world of elementary school. In early August of 2000, Stan and I loaded all three kiddos into the car one evening for kindergarten orientation. I remember sitting in tiny desk chairs next to my 230 pound husband, who looked like a hulking giant in those tiny chairs, and as we sat listening to Zach's soon to be teacher speak I held onto a wriggling baby all while trying to keep the two boys from disrupting the entire evening.
Zach was a bundle of nerves and energy as his teacher talked about the upcoming school year. And as I listened I heard her say something that hit a sharp nerve and brought tears to my eyes. She said, "From now on, I will have your children by my side for more waking hours than you will." That was the brutal truth. All of those baby years I thought were so tedious, and wished would go more quickly, were suddenly at an end. Zach was no longer a baby. He wouldn't be by my side, under my feet, annoying his brother and sister all afternoon. Now he would be in the care of his teacher until 4 in the afternoon and it made me more than a little sad.
On to a crazy three-year old
He moved on to the four-year old...
and turned into a big brother twice over.
Fast forward to August 2013.
Yesterday to be exact. Yesterday, I went with Zach for the final time to pay his fees for high school. This year, Zach is a senior. He will graduate in June of next year. And while I though time went fast from babyhood to elementary school, I have to say the entirety of his school years have flown by with nary a thought for me wanting to halt them, just a little. Yesterday, I saw a young man who will do big things, go great places and leave me all too soon.
I have to say, though, I enjoyed every single minute he let me have with him yesterday. You see, it's now gone from me wishing the baby years would go a little faster to me wishing I could spend just a little more time with them before they all leave the nest. I've learned to not wish my time away with any of them. So yesterday, I surreptitiously recorded my day with Zach. And as I looked through these pictures, and watched Zach interact with his friends, I saw a young man who is still so much like the little boy above.
A little goofy.
|Posing for the camera (and it wasn't mine)|
|Studying his schedule intently|
|This is where the tears stung my eyes for a second.|
|The Cap and Gown Table|
After we finished paying fees I had the pleasure of going to lunch with my favorite kid from the class of 2014. He never fails to impress me with his wit, wisdom, humor and compassion. I couldn't be more proud of Zach and how grown up he really is. I just wish time didn't go by so quickly.
Oh, for the love of my children...