Seventeen years ago my husband and I were faced with an important decision - whether or not to send our daughter to pre-school. I had been a stay-at-home mom and "letting go" was not something that came easily for me. We were very fortunate in that she had a wonderful teacher, Miss Jhan. Miss Jhan was passionate about the life of three and four year olds. It certainly made our decision much easier.
I learned a very important lesson from Miss Jhan as I stood in her classroom with tears in my eyes on the last day of school. It was difficult thinking that my first born was leaving her caring classroom and would soon be starting kindergarten. She looked at me mother to mother and assured me that every stage of Megan's life would be wonderful.
Megan will be 21 in a couple of days and you know, Miss Jhan was absolutely right. I look back and remember...
- the day she read a book to her kindergarten class
- learning how to ride without training wheels
- the toothless first grade picture
- the first spelling word she missed
- the day she learned about Santa
- her first basketball game
- not being able to unlock her combination lock in middle school
- walking out onto the court as a varsity basketball player
- getting behind the wheel of our car
- her first fender bender
- broken hearts
- girl drama
- her first day of college
Megan will start her third year of college in the fall, planning to become an elementary teacher and high school basketball coach. I am so proud of her, and I look forward to the life stages yet to come.
So for those of you who have young children, let me remind you of the words I once heard from a wise preschool teacher...each stage of their life is wonderful. Just slow down and enjoy it, because in the blink of an eye, they will be 21!