It's graduation time again!
So much joy and laughter, excitement mixed with a few tears. And always a bit of anxiety for those launching into a "Next Chapter" season of their journey. But our graduations have only been from K5 and K4 so thankfully, no anxiety for our little graduates.
Spencer walked in his cap and gown on May 23. (Which just happened to be the same day Noni graduated from high school.......41 years earlier!) His day of celebration was enhanced because Grandma and Grandpa Schreck were in town to meet baby sister, Ava.
We all arrived early enough to take over the back row with our purses and diaper bags and baby seats and cousins. There were five lively cousins. Four grandparents with IPhones. Three bouncy balloons. Two parents beaming. And a kindergarten student standing tall. (Yes, that was a play on 12 Days of Christmas. Read back over it with the song in mind. It'll make you smile.)
When they called "Spencer Schreck", there was a rather uninhibited cheer that rose loudly from the back row. (Uncles Nathan and Cody congratulated themselves on causing heads to turn on behalf of their nephew.)
When it was Spencer's turn to take the mic and share his assigned part, he quoted all of John 14:6 without missing a beat. Linda and I nodded at one another with big grandma tears and concurred that surely our grandson was the most amazing student on that stage!
Last week it was Abby's turn for the spot light. She sang songs along with her K4 classmates, quoted scriptures and even counted to 100 by fives on her own.
We could hear her raspy little voice above the others when they got to one of her favorite songs, "I am a Pwomis. I am a pastabilwity. I am a pwomis wif a capitahl P. I am a gweat big bunduhl of Potenshealwity." (Translation: I am a promise. I am a possibility. I am a promise with a capital P. I am a great big bundle of potentiality!)
Abby has no problem attacking words that shouldn't be part of her vocabulary for another few years. She doesn't let pronunciation slow her down one little bit. I, for one, applaud her fierce bravery.
Several weeks ago, we all had the rare opportunity to eat together at a local restaurant. As soon as the waiter looked in her direction, Abby piped up, "I'll have a stwahberwy lemalaide, please." She made eye contact with him and pushed her pink glasses up on her nose for added emphasis.
He graciously stifled a chuckle and answered, "As long as you keep asking so politely, I'll keep them coming for you, little lady!" And he did.
Zach and Madi have both been up in the middle of all our excitement. But it's Noah that has one more adorable word story you must hear.
With so much activity and so little time, I joined the girls who had decided to grab a quick lunch before putting the babies down for their naps. Loading all those precious behinds in carseats is a task not to be taken on by the faint of heart.
While the gathering and loading was taking place I called out over all the babble to the girls, "Hey, why don't we go to Zaxby's or Wendy's today?"
Noah was barreling down the sidewalk in order to answer the summons of his mom before she could reach the discipline point. But when he heard my suggestion, he wheeled around on his three year old heels, put his little hand in the air with palm facing his own blond head, then waved it with each syllable for emphasis, "But, Noni. Ina go to chikferay!!" (Translation: But, Noni! I want to go to Chick-Fil-a!)
He looked just like a miniature Italian mob boss waving that hand which caused me to burst out laughing. As soon as I could catch my breath I responded to him, "Well of course we need to eat at Chick-Fil-a! Where else would we go?!"
Probably the take away for today's post would be this: Don't bow to the master of perfection. Celebrate what you can do. Try a few things that seem over your head. Your potentiality may surprise even you.
And of course, you'll need to celebrate with a Stwahberwy Lemalaide of your own!