Friday, May 24, 2013

Last Preschool Days

I can not tell you how sad it makes me that my days with a preschooler are over.  In fact, today is the last full day of school, after that...  it's over.  I took Clayton for one last hoorah, just the two of us, to the zoo.  It was a beautiful, perfect day!  On the way to the zoo, Clayton says, "I want to see the lions!  The last time we were here, we didn't get to see the REAL lions.  We only got to see the SEA lions.  They don't even have legs!"

There was also one of those moments that sappy people like to point out, and say things like "See the children don't even notice the differences between us all.  Blah, blah blah."  We were walking by a little boy with braces on his legs, sitting in a wheelchair, and Clayton points and says, "Look Mom!"  and I start to cringe, getting ready to feel embarrassed and have to explain to my 4 year old how it's not nice to point, and he continues "That boy has a Superman shirt!  The blue one!"  I smile and feel relief, and yes I am glad that he noticed that the crippled boy likes Superman just like he does.  He didn't even seem to notice his leg braces or his wheel chair.  (Go ahead and barf in your mouth now.  It's okay.)

I love that kid!  Yesterday I left Clayton at my Mom's house while I volunteered at Justice's school's Fun Day.  The fact that my preschool days are nearly over, was on my mind as I was on my way back.  It's a mark of how I was feeling that I decided to pick Clayton up BEFORE I went to run some errands at the store.  I just wanted my little guy to tag along with me some more. 



sarahflib said...

It's great, though, Renae (not sappy)! There are so many great things about preschoolers--I can't imagine being done with that part of life. I'm glad you guys have been able to soak up a little more one-on-one time.

Renae said...

P.S. I am so grateful that I've been able to stay at home with all of my preschoolers! I am also very very grateful that, even though I would forget from time to time, and wish it away, for the majority of the time, I knew how precious these days are as they were happening. It is an overwhelming sadness that they are gone. So I'm so glad to not have sent my kids on for someone else to look after. For a short while, they were all mine.