At the very beginning of the summer, I had the pleasure of watching fourteen of our Pre-Kindergarten students graduate from our program. The ceremony featured all the usual things – super-cute kids all dressed up, a processional, songs, proud parents – and although every year is touching and amazing, this time around was particularly poignant for me. Among our graduates was the first infant we ever enrolled at our Providence center, all the way back in the winter of 2008. In fact, so many of these children had been with the center for so many years – I just couldn't believe how quickly the time had passed.
This point was further hammered home when I recently bumped into an old student of mine, who was in my first grade class the very first year I was teaching. At first I didn't recognize her, but as we talked, she became more and more familiar to me, until she seemed almost exactly as I had remembered her, just…older. Doing the math quickly in my head, I realized that she must be 13 or 14 by now, which of course made me feel…older.
When I was a kid, the days seemed to stretch on forever. I remember waiting endlessly for the next birthday, the big vacation, the special event. Now, I barely have enough time to get used to one season before we’re on to the next. This isn’t intended to be depressing, but I think it speaks to the importance of really enjoying each day. It’s not always easy to do, but the two events described above really reminded me that I need to slow down and take stock of the amazing things that are happening in my life. It’s not always easy, but it’s something that I am going to definitely try to do more (especially as I get older…yikes!).
Julie is the Director of our Providence, RI location. Read more about Julie.