As John and I walked her to school her mood changed. She looked incredibly sad. I remember John saying that she looked as though she was walking the green mile. She never cried...she was close though.
She had taken a special token for those first few weeks. A picture of Gran. Once she got into the groove she really loved all that school was.
I didn't feel nostalgic last week. I think that I am at the point in life where I have settled into watching my girls grow and change and it does not affect me like it use to. I wonder sometimes if it is because with each step they take toward becoming independent, there is less on my very full caregiver plate.
I took Amber to get her make up done. It felt nice snagging her away and having some time with her alone. That does not happen as much as it use to and so I really did enjoy it.
She let me do her hair which was a total shock with that whole my mom isn't really cool stage she is in. She wanted pictures in her basketball gear. I love this picture. It is a I can be a girl and be strong type of picture. The type of message I hope they all take with them throughout life.
And then a picture with the heels.
Amber had a fantastic year academically. She graduated with honors distinction, athletic distinction and citizenship distinction. As well she received a co-curricular award which is an award that highlights the fact that she was able to achieve excellent grades while being exceptionally involved in extra curricular activities. We were so happy for her and very proud.
We were reminded during the ceremony, as one of her teachers made a beautiful speech prior to awarding one of her classmates with an award (her mom passed when she was young and the teacher made a point of acknowledging her mom and how proud she would be of her accomplishments), that life is uncertain. We must live each day well and with love towards others. There is no room for mean words....conditional love....there are no do overs...so what you do today...what you say to someone today.....this moment, those words, those actions....stay here always. That sort of thing makes me want to live well...be better. It was a beautiful moment and it humbled me.
Her and her friend Marissa with a change of footwear ready for their dinner and dance!
Amber has said that she is ready to leave elementary school. I am sort of happy to be done the whole elementary phase as well....I think again it falls into less being on my plate....as well the public system is not getting better...funding is constantly taken away and the schools suffer and ultimately the children suffer...so I feel like we got out just in time in so many ways.
She is ready to take on high school. I think she will do high school well. I think she will strive to be her best both in the classroom and on the basketball court. And I know above all else, she will have so much fun getting involved and leaving her mark! Cheers to you Miss Amber!!!