Is it just me or does time really speed up as our children grow up? I can’t believe another school year has come to an end. In our house we are concluding seventh, sixth and third grade. It seems like just a few weeks ago I was loading up school supplies in the brand new, gleaming backpacks. Now I’m digging out forgotten notes and broken pencils covered in crumbs from misplaced snacks from those tattered bags.
As each school year ends, we do have a family tradition to help us reflect upon the passage of time and acquisition of new skills. We go out to dinner on the last school day of the year. Doesn’t sound too profound, but truly after a year of practices, rehearsals, meetings, concerts, projects and tests, it’s nice just to collectively exhale and review.
Each child is invited to share his or her best accomplishment of the year as well as the thing that was the hardest. Sometimes they are one in the same. We look back at the goals we set at the beginning of the year and praise each other for the ones met while encouraging each other for the ones still to be achieved. I jot down highlights from the conversation in a journal where I keep their school pictures from the year. Just a small way to acknowledge and remember the triumphs of another year so quickly gone by.
Do you have any special ways to commemorate the end of the school year with your family? I’d love to hear from you! And happy summer!