21 December 2006

endings and beginnings

My firstborn finished his primary school education today.

The graduation ceremonies were last week; one with his old Steiner class and another with his current class. The Grade 6 Big Day Out is over and done with. The photographs are taken, autobiographies completed and displayed, addresses exchanged and promises made.

He came home today with his red school t-shirt covered in black texta autographs and issued me with strict instructions never to wash it. (Some children didn’t use the permanent pens).

He confessed to a little sadness as he headed off to bed tonight. But his eyes were gleaming at the thought of the long summer holiday stretching ahead of us.

life is

15 comments:

Tamara said...

Wow. Such bittersweet milestones. My first has just finished playgroup, starting Steiner kinder next year...and I still cried on the last playgroup day!
Love your blog, your literary bent, your advent tradition (there's hope for ours to evolve nicely) and that you're from Melbourne....locals!
Happy festivities - or pissivities, as my family are wont to call them.

shula said...

Epic. Just. Epic.

Lazy cow said...

Congratulations to your big boy.
But... LONG summer holidays? Only 5 weeks, I feel cheated already :-)

herhimnbryn said...

Oh, congratulations to BOTH of you.

Stomper Girl said...

Congratulations to your graduating boy! I hope his high school years are happy ones.
Mine just finished his first year of Prep which feels like a milestone too.*sniffle*

Loved the cherry picture. How good are cherries at the moment? Eating by the bagful.

BabelBabe said...

that is bittersweet....but here's to great holidays, and pounds of cherries! )

lk said...

Oh, I am not looking forward to that time! I cried at the holiday programs. But, then again, I cry when singing Christmas carols.

MsCellania said...

How can you have children that old? You are still just a child yourself!

End of primary seems light years away for us. But I know it will be here, and fast.

And that is as it should be.

craftydabbler said...

Congratulations to your first.

Thank you for sharing with us. Merry Christmas!

Stjernesol said...

oh...you're so lucky - summer hollidays now!!! Here we have 5 dreadful months of winter, before I can even start dreaming of summer.

Endings are always special. The end of something old, the beginning of something new...

Wishing you and your family, a wonderful christmas :)

Elizabeth said...

Summer holidays sound like bliss right now. So do cherries in season.
Meryy Christmas, Suse.

shellyC said...

Cherries always remind me of long summer holidays!

Enjoy your holidays together.

herhimnbryn said...

Happy Christmas Soup Lady to you and yours.

Joke said...

Enjoy this while it's here.

Oh, and merry Christmas to you and all of yours.

-J.

Janet said...

High school next year, eh? My goodness... And cherries mmm, we still have a few left from the Christmas box for afters tonight. Hope you had a great Christmas! And despite the cold and hail, wasn't the rain just lovely?