Goodbyes are never easy, but it’s time for me to say farewell. As I reflect on five years with 4C, I realize I have learned a lot about myself: my strengths, my faults, my coworkers, my children, my parenting style.
When I think back to where I was five years ago, it’s easy to recall where my children were, too. How things have changed! My now “grown-up” son was just starting to think about a driver’s permit! Now he’s on his own. My teenage daughters were still in elementary school, where helping them with their spelling was something I was still able to do. Now, not so much! I think about the tea parties and the pirate scavenger hunts, the dress up and the games. I can cite songs from my favorite Disney movies and imitate each Princess voice. And I’m proud of it, too!
I hope the memories I hold dear are some of the same my children will think of as they continue to grow up, and the same goes for what I hope for my parents. I hope they remember how my eyes lit up when I got a banana seat bicycle, or how much I enjoyed the hopscotch my dad painted on our driveway. Everybody grows up, and everybody moves on.
With each goodbye, there’s something new to look forward to. So, I urge you to continue reading and sharing, because we know it’s true: blink – and they’re grown.