Today is the Vachette’s last day of preschool. It’s a bittersweet moment for me. I am immensely proud of her. She has grown so much over the past three years, and she is definitely ready for Kindergarten in the fall. That said, I am also misty-eyed, because it is the end of an era. A roller coaster of an era, with all the ups and downs and crazy loops. But it has been one of hell of a fabulous ride.
When we first moved back to Boston, it was summertime and I had assumed it was too late to sign her up for any preschool programs. Preschools around here fill up fast. You usually need to apply in the fall one year BEFORE you want your kid to start. However, in our case, we had a serendipitous moment. Through one of the local parent listservs, I heard about a preschool that was seeking two year old girls to balance out their youngest class for the upcoming fall. I called the school, we toured it, and then we signed the Vachette up. And what a fabulous year she had. Her school picture that year makes for some cuteness overload.
That fall, I toured other preschools to get a sense of all the options available. We are really lucky on the Cambridge side of the Charles. There are so many great preschool programs. I created a spreadsheet comparing all the programs I toured only to decide to keep the Vachette exactly where she was. Her school held up wonderfully to everything I saw, Mr. Mad Cow and I were very happy with the program, and, most important of all, the Vachette loved going to school. The more I thought about it, the last reason seemed like the most important reason of all of them to stay right where we were. Thus, she had another fabulous year in the three year old class. She even got to wear an heirloom of a dress for her school picture. It was mine, and I wore it for one of my preschool pictures many years ago.
I never thought about another school for her last year. She was blossoming, we had our rhythm, and we enjoyed the community. She had made some wonderful friends. What fun it was to go to the Museum of Science with some of them.
The weather cooperated for school picture day this year. Look out world, there’s a bright beautiful girl all ready for you. Sniff.