The last day of school brought mixed emotions as we said goodbye to a beloved school. Ryenne is moving on to intermediate school (eek!) and the other girls will be changing elementary schools due to busing/boundary changes. As we walked through the school that last day, I have to admit there were a few tears. Such mixed emotions for me, partly because I can't believe Ryenne is already leaving elementary school, and partly sad because we're leaving so many good people and memories behind in those halls. Sweet Kate cried a little bit as she told me, "I will treasure my yearbook forever."
Mrs. Goodliffe, the school librarian. My girls often tell me that she is the best thing about school! Just when I thought I had composed myself, she offered to pick up the girls and drive them to school everyday if it meant we would stay. I lost it all over again.
True to tradition, the girls and I and our good friends Haylee and her mom Amanda rode our bikes to school for the last day. The girls love this! After school, we head to the park for a picnic before riding home again. I hadn't been on my bike since last fall, but I couldn't say no. Best of all, we all made it in one piece, short of Emmy and Claire. (I just didn't know if I could get all three of us there and back, sadly enough. Last pregnancy I completed a half marathon and a sprint triathlon when I was this far along. I'm getting to be a pansy in my old age, I guess.)
Change is so hard sometimes. I've been surprised at how much I've struggled over Ryenne leaving to the intermediate school. Just can't believe how fast the past six years have gone, I guess- and a little panicked by where another six years will leave us. Add that life change, moving to a new school, and pregnant lady emotions and whew! Walking out of school that last day was hard! But, as I assured Kate, in a few years we'll feel the same about the new school. Good people are to be found wherever we go in life, I believe.
Hello's and Goodbyes: the stuff life is made of.