Sneaky summer milestonesby Charity
Yesterday, I took my daughter to her final meeting for early entrance into kindergarten. In one sense, this was a formality. She was born five days after the cut off date. Everyone from the pediatrician to the director of her pre-school says she’s ready.
But it was still a test, one she had to navigate all by herself, with me sitting in a hardback chair outside the room. I caught snatches of conversation, a question from the principal, my daughter’s answers. Does she know her last name, the principal wanted to know.
Yes, yes, she does, I answered silently.
My daughter? Not giving up that information. She’s a few weeks shy of five, but she knows an adult with an agenda when she meets one.
That was my biggest fear. The principal wouldn’t see all of who my daughter was. But I suppose the woman isn’t an educational professional for nothing. My daughter did just fine. And in a few short weeks, she’ll head to kindergarten.
We celebrated. First, we bought school supplies at Target. And because she’s an almost five-year-old fashionista, some school clothes as well. We headed next door to Barnes and Noble. We split a vanilla bean blended crème and a cupcake with pink frosting.
We found books. One about kindergarten for her, A Wrinkle in Time for her brother, and The Rules of Gentility for myself.
When I strapped her into her booster for the ride to pick up her brother, she said to me: “This was the best day.”
And she was right. We make much out of the big milestones, but I wonder if it’s the smaller ones, the sneaky ones, that might matter more.
So, did you experience a sneaky milestone this summer?