Eight years ago, we bought a house.
Since it was towards the end of the school year, I saw students in session when I visited the local elementary school to get the paperwork to enroll my oldest son for first grade to start that autumn.
I got happy little butterflies in my stomach when I parked in the school's lot and walked toward the office. I saw gleeful kids playing on the gorgeous playground. What a campus!
A few short months later, I got my son's first-grade teacher assignment, and the next day, I escorted him to his first day of school.
For a very long time, those happy butterflies found me each time I stepped on campus. We were so, so very lucky to have our son attend this amazing school.
Before I knew it, my oldest was in third grade, and my youngest began Kindergarten at the same school as his brother.
And then my oldest son graduated. And went off to middle school, where he was blessed with some amazing teachers.
And now, my youngest son is graduating from elementary school. Simultaneously, my oldest is graduating from middle school.
All of a sudden, both my boys will have new schools, and I won't have an elementary school kid anymore.
We relocated here specifically for the local elementary school. It is stunning that my boys are now moving on. On one hand, I feel the tears creeping into my eyes as I realize just how quickly time has slipped away. But on the other hand, I look at my quickly-growing-up boys and recognize that they are ready for new challenges. I am proud of the young men that they are, and are continuing to become.
Certainly they have plenty of growth still ahead of them, but it is astounding just how far they've come from the little kids they were back when we moved.
Eight years ago, I was eager and excited. I was nervous, but confident. I expected that relocating would be a good idea. But looking back now, I see that our decision to move exceeded my expectations. The questions I had back then... well, I wish the "me of today" could reassure the "me of 8 years ago." It is good. It is very good..