Friday, June 12, 2009

He Did It. He Really Did It.

Can you believe that it has been an entire school year since Jack was sent home early from his first day of kindergarten?

I can't.

In some ways it feels like that day just happened. And in some ways it feels like it happened a million years ago. So much has happened this year. It's incredible. I wrote about our kindergarten journey yesterday at DC Metro Moms so I won't go through the whole thing again today.

Because today I want to talk about Jack's kindergarten graduation.

It was awesome. He's been practicing the song and the poem that all the kindergarteners performed together. He enjoyed singing the song really, really loudly. I wasn't sure that he would actually sing it at the ceremony though.

But he did. And he did the actions. And he performed exactly as he was supposed to. I was so proud of him.

Quinn was not so interested in the ceremony. I'm not sure he even realized that we weren't sitting on our couch at home.


Things were going so well at the ceremony and I was grinning from ear to ear. All the kindergarteners were so cute. The kids all got their certificates. Then the principal started talking. And I kinda fell apart.

The principal talked to the kids about their first day of kindergarten. He told them to remember back to how they felt that day. He told them that their first day of kindergarten was his first day as principal, so their class and that day would always be special to him.

I thought back to that day and how much time Jack had spent with the principal. I thought about how hopeful I'd been when I dropped Jack off that morning. I thought about how I was ushered into the principal's office near the end of the day just as I was bursting into tears. I thought about how scared and uncertain I felt when I had to bring him home early.

And then I brought the school year full circle by crying in my seat.


I can't even properly express how hard this year was on Jack and me. But I can express how gracefully and with what good nature Jack kept on keeping on. He struggled and he floundered and he got sad, but he came back every day and he kept trying. And he did it with charm and charisma and his little Jack way of being that is so incredible.

I am, I was, and I continue to be so proud of him.

*wipes eyes*

*deep breath*

Okay, so then we had a party. There was cake in the classroom. Quinn sort of woke up for that.


Me and my first grader.


And a hug from the very best kindergarten teacher in the history of kindergarten.

36 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh - I remember that first day! Can't believe it was so long ago... I love Jack.

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  2. wow. I didn't know the backstory. Congrats to Jack!

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  3. Congrats -- to both of you.

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  4. Okay, it's just not nice to make a mommy cry during breakfast. That made me tear up (and I don't even know you or Jack) for so many reasons -- but particularly because (as a former teacher) it makes me so happy when the right teacher is there for the right student at the right time. Hope that first grade brings smooth sailing for all.

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  5. Congratulations Jack! I'm so glad that you are both happy!

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  6. Aw, Jean, I am sniveling over here reading that. I am so happy for Jack and I am so happy for you. He got up every day and kept keeping on but you did an excellent job of supporting him and fighting for him as well.

    You BOTH did well!

    xo-
    Leeann

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  7. You Booger, You made me cry!

    Love to your whole family.

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  8. Hooray!! You are just beaming in that photo there-what a year!

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  9. Awesome, Jack!! Your smiles say it all.

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  10. *wipes eyes*

    *deep breath*

    Yeah, me too. :) Congrats to you and Jack!

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  11. Wow, what a story. Congratulations Jack.

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  12. Congratulations!

    And that last picture - the tangle of teacher and Jack and all those arms - is just charming.

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  13. Yay for Jack, he's come such a long way this year! 1st grade - wooohooo!

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  14. I'm totally tearing up over here. Lovely post. Congratulations to the both of you.

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  15. Hooray! Congratulations to Jack and to you! Time indeed travels so fast. When my daughter had a mini ceremony at her daycare, I almost cried too! I knew it would have been embarrassing because she only attended it for a few months! When it's her real graduation, I should prepare myself so I won't bee too emotional. LOL

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  16. *sniff* *wipes tear* Damned "allergies" must be flaring up.

    Kudos to you and the not-so-little-anymore guy. You both have come a long way this year. :-)

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  17. Awe - made me tear up just reading this. And I didn't even tear up at my daughter's last day of kindergarten show!

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  18. Another goal for Team Stimey!! Hang in there, mama, you're doing a great job.

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  19. You always put things in the right perspective! You guys made it, together, through this year and you will make it through the next one as well. Team Stimey will prevail! Way to go Jack, First Grader!

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  20. Go, Jack!!!! and congratulations to Team Stimey! What an accomplishment...for all of you. Keep on truckin.

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  21. I am so proud of him AND you. You have both come so far this year!!!!!! I'm so glad for you, and I can't wait to hear what you all do next year.

    Hooray for you both!!!

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  22. I have to of course echo everyone else's sentiments of weepiness. Congrats!

    And how amazing that the first day was everyone's first day! Imagine runaway children and crying parents on your first day in your new job. Sounds daunting for all included. I bet you're all stronger and cooler because of it!

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  23. How embarassing - I'm sitting at work with tears streaming down my face. Jack has discovered the key to success in life: keep going back and keep trying. If he can do it when he's 5, there is no limit to where he will end up! Congratulations to all of you. One more year until that school has all 3 Stimey students? Have a relaxing summer.

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  24. Sweet and wonderful--a perfect ending to kindergarten!

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  25. he didn't do it alone. good work, mom, and congratulations to jack.

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  26. That brought tears to my eyes. What an awesome day to celebrate!

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  27. First of all, Jack is awesome and is my hero. You're my hero too. You're my co-heroes. You've both come so far this year.

    Second, how did I not know you had a tattoo?

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  28. That's so awesome -- yay for Jack!!

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