What a ride

12 Oct

Parenting has been, continues to be, and will be (I know) the most amazing ride possible.  In this episode, my daughter runs for office in the elementary school Student Council and wins her position.   And, that’s so cool.  She worked hard, took it seriously, and achieved a goal — yay!  But, more than that, I had a time travel moment while watching the speeches.  The other 4th graders who were running were actually the sources of it.  They stood there, making their speeches, being funny and serious at once.  And, I could clearly see the kindergarteners that they were just a few short years ago standing next to them.  So, I saw my daughter, with her cute outfit and fun haircut standing by the long-haired pixie she was back then — who wore dresses with leggings underneath as she ran around the school.  Her best buddy Kaya was there who has learned over the years to accept disappointment with something approaching grace and that came in handy yesterday when she did not win her office.  And, Nolan, who I remember as a sweet, shy boy who drew the most beautiful pictures in the art lessons I taught that class — he had the whole upper grades give him a “Whoop-whoop” as he made a dancing analogy for how his presidency would run things.  Where does the time go?  I don’t know but I do know that my heart burst with pride yesterday — not just for my daughter but for all those former kindergarteners who have achieved so much and still have so very much left to achieve.  What a ride!

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7 Responses to “What a ride”

  1. robin andrea 12 October, 2007 at 7:02 am #

    Congrats to your daughter on her Student Council win. What a lovely memory it evoked.

  2. Wende 12 October, 2007 at 7:50 am #

    Oh, congratulations to you both. Time does pass altogether too quickly in these matters.

  3. Susan Gets Native 12 October, 2007 at 1:19 pm #

    Yay for your girl!

    I am at the same Mothering place you are, but a few years back…Isabelle is rocking kindergarten but I see her as the small toddler learning all the stuff that she now does without effort. And I see the helpless infant who drained my will to live but who also made life joyful.
    How do they do that???

  4. jayne 13 October, 2007 at 5:20 am #

    Yay for her!!! It is amazing to see how fast they grow.

  5. mon@rch 13 October, 2007 at 6:06 am #

    Times fun when you are having flies! They do grow up fast and so hard to believe the mini people they are becoming.

  6. mary 13 October, 2007 at 6:16 pm #

    Liza Lee, you will no doubt have many more moments with your children like this. Yay! for her. And, Yay! for you and your husband, too, for inspiring your children. I remember the feeling of nearly exploding with pride (I still do), 25 years later :o)

  7. Miz S 14 October, 2007 at 5:09 am #

    Aw. Very nice. It’s fun watching all of them grow up, isn’t it?

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