Reflections on leaving elementary school

Ava Villalpando tries to look grown up and mysterious as she takes her last picture in front of the entrance to her elementary school. Then she shakes her teachers' hands as she graduates. Nicole Villalpando
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Ava Villalpando tries to look grown up and mysterious as she takes her last picture in front of the entrance to her elementary school. Then she shakes her teachers' hands as she graduates. Nicole Villalpando
Ava Villalpando tries to look grown up and mysterious as she takes her last picture in front of the entrance to her elementary school. Then she shakes her teachers' hands as she graduates. Nicole Villalpando

Ava Villalpando tries to look grown up and mysterious as she takes her last picture in front of the entrance to her elementary school. Then she shakes her teachers’ hands as she graduates. Nicole Villalpando

Yesterday, was our last day of elementary school after nine years. I still have such vivid memories of the first day we walked into that school. Ben was tiny, wearing a backpack that was bigger than him. We took his picture outside the school at the crayons that guard the entrance. Then we went inside. He sat down at a tiny table and was given the assignment to draw something he liked. My husband crouched down with Ben and they began drawing the Incredible Hulk.

Meanwhile, outside the classroom, 2-year-old Ava was hitting me in the hallway and screaming that I had forgotten her backpack and how was she supposed to go to this school without her backpack. Of course, she’d have to wait three years before she’d get to go to kindergarten, but you can’t argue with a 2-year-old.

And so, yesterday, we took our final picture at the crayons and I watched Ava cross the stage and graduate. Our days of meet the teacher, the school carnival, science projects, and the sheltered existence of elementary school are over. And yes, there were many tears of sadness to see this part of our life end, but also joy that we had made it. They had thrived and learned so much from how to read to how to multiple fractions, and also, how to make work with other people,

IMG_1711But like all things in life, we can’t wait for the next chapter: Middle school and high school. How did that happen?


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