i knew it was coming, but still...when the bean's last day of school came, i was a little verklempt.
because i mean...it seems like no time at all had passed between this:
the last day at school really just had the kids come in for the very last awards ceremony before heading back home to get ready for that evening's graduation festivities. still, i was happy to sit in the gym and cheer loudly for the bean when they received their very last principal's list award.
and like the valedictorian announcements, they were the last of the seven speakers to take the podium. and just as i predicted, they nailed it. we were so proud of not only the actual content of the speech itself, but of how perfectly they delivered it. we'd suggested that they keep the speech true to themselves - a little dry humor with a dash of sentimentality, plus acknowledgment of the school and faculty and their peers. the only adjustment that we'd had to make was to pull the confetti cannon sneak attack out, because the uvalde school shootings had just happened a couple of days prior and the loud noise inside the crowded gym was definitely not a good idea. instead, we picked up an alternative confetti popper that didn't make any noise at all while still making an impact. i knew that trying to pull that off, hiding the popper under their gown and getting it out at the right time was even more stressful than the speech itself, and the relief on their face when it was all done was completely obvious - at least, to me.
when it was all over, we headed outside to meet up with the bean after they turned in their graduation gown. and of course, it was picture time with all of their friends, plus a few with us.
and then it was time for a few last photos, hugs and tears.
some of their classmates have already had their first day of high school, although the bean's school doesn't start for a couple more weeks. and so we're just trying to enjoy the last few bit of summer while we can, because once school starts life will be crazy busy again.
better hold on, because it's going to be one hell of a ride.