A week ago Thursday night we celebrated our first graduation. I wasn't as weepy as I expected, although let me be clear that in the week leading up to that night Sarah's entire life passed through my mind at some point or other. And the tears flowed freely during those times.
And to also be clear, they were present at the graduation too. When we were singing the school song, Be Thou My Vision, and I could see her tears as the reality of what was happening hit her, they fell. And there was this moment that even now makes my breath hitch.
When Sarah was little I taught at a Montessori day school. When she turned three she came to my class and to help with the transition if I was leading circle time we would flash each other the I love you sign. During the graduation ceremony we managed to make eye contact and without thinking that hand sign flashed. And oh, the tears fell.
It was a happy time and it is good and right because she is ready to move on to the next phase of growing up. She is well prepared for whatever that is and will do well thanks in part to the community and life at Trinitas.
We were blessed to have family and so many friends come watch and celebrate with us. There were a lot of hugs and smiles and more than a few photo bombs.
For now she has started working as a nanny for some dear friends of ours and will be doing a lot of reading with her father in the next few months and spend some time learning and developing a love for some life skills (read she is going to learn how to cook and budget and all manner of household things ;-)
Pretty proud of her.