There was considerable excitement at our dinner table tonight. Much of the talk was about an assembly our fifth grader attended which was all about… Middle School! We heard about the fall semester, laptops and new schedules, about needing notebooks and moving from one classroom to the other. We heard about choosing a performing art and what time lunch would be and being able to buy a snack at the 2.00 pm recess. We heard about language choices and about a survey that needs to be filled in by the end of this week. It was a lot to take in and a lot, I am sure, for all those young-but-not-so-young fifth graders to process.
These last few weeks of the school year are always bittersweet for me as a mum. I think the end of fifth grade is going to be even more so. Time goes way too quickly sometimes and it feels unreal that my little girl is almost eleven and talking about course selection for middle school. She started pretty nonchalantly and then got more animated as she went on. Listening to how much detail she had to share, she had taken it all in and is excited and a little nervous.
I am bracing myself with a handy pack of tissues as we move towards the end of the school year and celebrate all that our fifth graders have achieved. Coming up in the next few weeks the children will participate in exhibitions and assemblies and take part in rituals and fun ceremonies as they bid farewell to elementary school.
She is ready and she will shine.
Her mama might need some extra TLC.