I hear Cody walking around the house every once in a while, and sometimes he'll forget I'm in the next room. He'll start singing, "See ya later, alligator..." which is apparently one of the songs we'll hear at his graduation ceremony on Friday. It may not seem like a sentimental song, but OH you should hear the rest of the words. I hope I don't forget my kleenex. Something tells me this is going to be just as hard as the first day of school. I hope I don't go into the ugly cry.
Anyway. J. Bear came to stay for his last visit over Memorial Day weekend. J. Bear is the class teddy bear, and all year he's been passed around from family to family, journaling about his experiences and adventures with the kindergarten class. J. Bear has stayed with us about five times this year. As we prayed before bed on Monday night of last week, we thanked God for the fun we've had with J. Bear (among other things). Cody suddenly burst into tears, and he told us he's really going to miss kindergarten, his teacher, and his good friend, J. Bear. I held it together, but inside I was sad right along with him. I'm going to miss kindergarten too!
I know this is a normal milestone. I know this is what kids do. They grow up, they move into the next stage and phase of life; it's part of the cycle of life and we parents feel the reality of that more than anyone!
I was pulling weeds out of my flower garden this afternoon, and suddenly, I had an epiphany. Cody, like the weeds, will keep growing whether I like it or not. My job as his mom is to care for him, water and nourish him with the Word, pull dangerous weeds that seek to creep in and strangle the beauty within him, and most of all, point him to the Son.
Kindergarten may be close to ending. But my job is far from over.
Dear Jesus, give me the tools I need to do this YOUR way.
I can't do the gardening alone.
The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.