My two preschooler grandchildren had ‘graduation ceremonies,’ both
feeling mighty proud of themselves. They will be proceeding onward and
upward, to kindergarten! This happened last week, before my busy trip
taken to Cleveland, Ohio for Memorial Day weekend.
It was a fun event for Marley, since her preschool had a family picnic
held at Blue Limestone Park last Wednesday.
For Micah, it was a formal ceremony on Thursday evening, with his mother
and brother attending. Micah’s father was sick, barely able to get out of bed.
The only one in the household of four who was able to outwit the flu, or flee
from the sickness, had been Skyler.
Since I was heading to Cleveland to see my Mom, I had mentioned to the whole
family that I hoped the children would help to decorate my Mom’s corkboard
or bulletin board. I regularly ‘collect artwork donations’ so this was just
a ‘reminder notice,’ via texting.
When I had asked the children to help make ‘Get Well’ cards for my mother,
they were very cooperative. The parents all said the children expressed
concern and sent loving wishes for their Great Grandmother.
Marley made one with hearts, rainbows and some swirly lines. Micah made
his with an alligator in a swamp.
Marley’s picture had lots of “M’s” made into hearts by adding “V’s” to the
bottom of the “M’s.” She explained the process to me when I stopped by.
When I asked her to please add her name to it, since she is quite good at
writing her name, she put her little hands on her hips and told me,
“Don’t you know? I am out of school for the summer! I don’t have to do
I didn’t say a word.
Marley’s Mommy, my daughter in law, Trista piped up in a loud voice,
Then she displayed her stern “Mommy look” on her face, peeking around
the corner at us at the kitchen table.
Marley picked up a crayon and added her name to her colorful artistry.
Micah, while at his home, had used watercolors and had had his Mom add
the word, “Alligator” with an arrow pointing to the area of the paper
which represented that critter. Then, Mom had printed, “Get Well, Great
Grammie O.!” Micah’s signature left a little to be desired (in clarity),
under the message.
Again, I did not say a word.
Makyah’s artwork came off my refrigerator since she had been napping at
the time of my visit. It had curly cues and little attempts at letters,
with some “M’s” included. It was mostly in purple and pink hues. She is
three and my Mom knew this was her ‘best work!’
Skyler had recently written a book report, which he felt Great Grammie O.
would enjoy reading. It had a drawing of Dr. Seuss, along with the words,
“Hop on Pop.” I thought the drawing and report would brighten her day and
said just that to Sky. He hugged me a lot, I hugged him back. I felt bad
that he had been the only ‘well’ person in the household, possibly he may
have wished for more fun and excitement. He was getting ready to head to
a friend’s when I stopped by.
Lara and Landen had also included their own personal messages, along with
handwritten cards. Both had expressed concern about my Mom’s hospital stay,
including different little symbols of this in their artwork. A thermometer
and a red cross on one’s card and a hospital gurney (or it could have been
a bed, I didn’t ask!) Lara can write in cursive, although it is not part of
her school curriculum. She had made very elaborate letters, saying this
“I love you, Great Grammie O!! I hope you feel better and your leg will
heal soon!! Get Well Soon! Love, Lara.”
I had stopped by, the week preschool had ended but the older ‘school kids’
had until yesterday, May 28, 2014, to complete their year out. They were
probably yelling and hooting a lot, celebrating that marvelous feeling of:
Oh, how I remember how the endless days of summer seemed to stretch before
us, when we heard the final school bell ring and we rushed out the school’s
doors into Summer! Doesn’t that make you feel nostalgic?
When I was a teacher, the principal one year, over the loud speaker in
our Middle School, played, “School’s Out for Summer!” Alice Cooper’s
“escape anthem” was released in 1972! I remember the year it came out,
thinking this is a perfect way to celebrate getting out of school!
When I read the special message that was given to Lara, on her last day
at Schultz Elementary, I got teary eyed. Lara’s venturing onward into
Willis Intermediate School. She had a “Clap Out” and also, Graduation
Cake from completing her five years at the school. The next building
will house the Fifth and Sixth graders from Smith, Schulz, Conger,
and Carlisle Elementary Schools. It is a “Big Deal” to be moving ‘up
in the world!’
I am sure you will enjoy the following poem that was given to her parents,
with the poem typed on colored cardboard, a flower with a picture of the
child as the center of the flower.
In this case, Lara. It is a message that also applies to her, since the
words encompass so much in their simplicity.
It was a beautiful, endearing message from Lara’s teacher to her and her
Mrs. Travis had been her teacher, from Fall until Spring. It was more than,
“Congratulations on Graduating Grade School!” The poem is a treasure to
remember, one that you may wish to believe in its powerful words, too.
“I’ve worked with your flower,
And helped it to grow.
I’m returning it now,
But I want you to know…
This flower is precious,
As dear as can be.
Love it, take care of it,
And you will see…
A bright new bloom,
With every day.
It grew and blossomed,
In such a wonderful way.
In September, just a bud,
January~ a bloom;
Now a lovely blossom,
I’m returning in June.
Remember, this flower,
As dear as can be,
Though rightfully yours,
Part will always belong to me!”