Several years ago Lois and I built a house in a newer subdivision. We were living in a small red brick bungalow located about 10 minutes from where Lois worked downtown. Jenifer was only a few months old when we decided we had to move someplace different. In fact, Jenifer had just had heart surgery when she was 11 months old and we had barely moved into the new house. This house. It was somewhere in that time frame when she learned how to walk. She came home after her surgery and we couldn't keep her down. She was insistent that she was going to climb stairs and that was all there was to it. And so, we put up gates. There are still holes in the walls in the family room.
It seemed like a few weeks later I was taking her to kindergarden. I still have vague memories of those trips that first year. I remember the mornings when Lois and I would sometimes drop her off together and Lois would kiss her goodbye and as we left Jeni would follow her back out the door. And how she looked so sad as we explained we had to go. Wet-eyed, but not really crying, she would go stand with her teacher and eventually her new friends.
Today, seven years later, she didn't want to stand by her teacher (or her parents). She wanted to run around school with her friends and say goodbye to everyone.
As the Grade School Class of 09 ran through the halls, it was something of a big event. Jeni was one of the first wave to attend this newly built school. Today, many of those same children who walked into that school seven years ago to attend kindergarden, all walked out together for perhaps their last time. New schools and seventh grade awaits. Graduating from 6th grade to 7th doesn't seem like a big deal. But for the school it was kind of a milestone. The first children to attend were now leaving and the school played it up that way. Somewhere between the award certificates, the student recitals and the attendance trophies I got a little teary-eyed. I leaned over and mumbled to Lois how we just dropped her off here for kindergarden the other day.
They say that time flies. That in a minute tomorrow's gone. That in a blink of an eye you have memories. Today I got to see a little of that.