|Michael on his first day of kindergarten, September 2009.|
I was sad that last day, too, but knew it was just the beginning. Ben would have his own kindergarten experience. The school was a K-8, and we would have another decade at The Open Classroom, 11 years total between both boys. Our time with this wonderful school was still at the start.
This week includes the 90th school day of 180 of the 2014-15 calendar. Michael is a fifth-grader and Ben is in third. Five-and-a-half years ago, Michael started kindergarten. Five-and-a-half years from now, Ben will finish eighth grade. That last day of kindergarten when I thought we had so much time left was in 2010.
We've reached our OC midpoint.
|Michael before entering school for his first day of kindergarten.|
That's Ben in the orange shirt in the background.
Nonetheless, I still am humbled that five years ago, I thought we had a lot of time at this school. Of course, 11 years is a lot of time. However, when you are a parent, the reality that I find is continually reinforced is that 11 years is nothing. I've lamented about this before -- this is the one thing no one ever tells you about parenting, and if they did, you never comprehend it until that kid is in the crib, on your lap, in the car seat, running around, playing with their toys, having birthday after birthday, starting school, playing sports, growing taller, getting smarter, and even just sitting there on the couch watching TV.
The one thing: The time they are kids is finite, and it goes by way too damn fast.
We're at the midpoint. Come September, we're at the midpoint of them both being at college and potentially out of the house. All I can tell myself is this:
Every dinner. Every basketball game and swim meet. Every vacation. Every car ride to school and back. Every co-op shift in their classrooms. Every board game played. Every conversation. Every joy. Every struggle. Every year, every month, every week, every day, every hour, every minute, every second. Every smile. Joe, be sure appreciate and cherish them all.
I like to think I have done this; I hope I have, but at this midpoint, I want to be certain that I'm particularly cognizant about this going forward, because these midpoints, and any new starting points in the coming years, will have endpoints. There's no time to waste.