Today I strode up to the big front doors of our local elementary school, grabbed hold of the thick metal door handles, and pulled the doors right open.

Just like normal. Just like every school day for the past seven years we’ve had a kid (or two) enrolled there.

But it wasn’t normal, because today was Caleb’s last day in the elementary school. We’re now the parents of two middle schoolers.

The last bus dismount of 2014-15.
The last bus dismount of 2014-15.


Pray for us.

I’m not the kind of mom who gets all choked up over every baby step away from babyhood, but I am the kind of mom who is fiercely thankful for the school staff who loved our kids all these years. I’m thankful for the secretaries in the office who kept things from falling apart every day, handing out medicine and paperwork and dry clothes with precision and kindness.

A last day of school celebration cookie!
A last day of school celebration cookie!

Thanks to the principals who handled cranky parents, challenging children, and hysterical mothers of kindergarteners. (I wasn’t actually hysterical. Just very concerned because my kid had a tendency to wander away when stressed. Which he did. For twenty of the longest minutes of my life. But now he’s almost ten and doesn’t do that anymore, thank goodness.)

A last day of school smile for the ride home!
A last day of school smile for the ride home!

I’m thankful for the teachers who planned all those lessons and even battled the Common Core on our behalf. The fourth grade staff has my never-ending love and thanks. You guys did a fabulous job and my son is now taller, smarter, kinder, and funnier after being in your classrooms.

A last day of school celebration nap! (me, not the kids.)
A last day of school celebration nap! (me, not the kids.)

The school librarian, who kept me entertained and sold me countless books at his book fairs, has won a spot in my heart over the years. No one can wear funky shoes like he can. Or shorts in the dead of winter, for that matter.

I’m thankful for all the lunch ladies, the para professionals, and the custodians. Have I missed anyone? I don’t want to miss anyone.

Thank you all.

I don’t know what we would have done without you. You have been a blessing.

6 Comments on End of the School Year: Merriment and Gratitude

  1. David
    June 8, 2015 at 4:41 pm (3 years ago)

    We don’t have middle schools, but when John finally breaks up for the summer at the end of July he will have just one year left in secondary school. The last of the Welford line to attend that school. Unless a grandchild goes there one day.

  2. Kristen E
    June 8, 2015 at 7:50 pm (3 years ago)

    I second your appreciation for all those wonderful peeps! Thankfully, we still have one more year in that building.
    Make sure the middle school is ready to take care of my precious child by time we get there, ok?

  3. Jessie Clemence
    June 8, 2015 at 8:46 pm (3 years ago)

    So far, so good. We love the middle school, too!

    June 8, 2015 at 11:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Wonderful pictures!
    May your children continue to grow and move forward.
    Nice of you to acknowledge the school and all they have done.

  5. Jessie Clemence
    June 9, 2015 at 8:12 am (3 years ago)

    I really am so thankful! We have wonderful public schools here.

    June 9, 2015 at 11:19 am (3 years ago)

    Thankfully, we do as well. It’s awesome.