Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Do you HAVE to take our picture?

In a word, yes.

Because today is the last day of classes at our kids' high school. Which makes today our daughter's last day of high school, and our son's last day of ‎ninth grade. A bittersweet day, because as much as Dahlia has enjoyed her high school experience - and as much as we've loved watching the two of them share the year, his first and her last - it's now time to ‎move on.

In September, she starts college, while he begins his second year in high school, and navigates the landscape without his big sister. As parents, we know all too well how quickly time can slip away, and how much our kids grow when we're busy keeping the day-to-day pieces of our lives from crashing into each other.

But on this morning, the last such morning where I'll drive both of them to school and drop them off at the side entrance just at the top of the hill, it's reasonable for all of us to stop for a moment to reflect on why seemingly routine mornings and transitions matter as much as they do. Because life is built not from big moments in the spotlight, but out of countless small-ish moments like this that get lost to history if we don't savour them a little along the way.

I'll miss moments like this. I'm guessing they will, too, photos notwithstanding.

5 comments:

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Time flies doesn't it? They've grown into 2 gorgeous beings!.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Yes, I remember being there and all "Leave me alone, I don't like it!"

But the years go by, and you want those pictures!
~

Karen S. said...

Wow, I still remember their younger years, and their big brother too! Life does move too quickly. I know those bittersweet moments as well, and oddly enough, we go from one path to yet another new and exciting adventure. Just wait until you go have lunch on campus with your daughter. My little girl and I had the best times ever. We sure are blessed within our families! Life is so darn good!

Jeremiah Andrews said...

Carmi,

Your attention to family detail is unique. You have documented Dahlia, Noah and Zach's growing up since they were children. Remember Noah, in a particular swing, as a little boy? And now his big sister and Noah himself are so grown up today.

You must use miracle grow on your children because they are beautiful.

Congrats Dahlia and Noah. We are all so proud of you.

Jeremy in Montreal

Michael Manning said...

An amazing post! I was left with the feeling that there are more adventures ahead for your children. Remember, college is only starting and high school, well it isn't over yet! :)