Through the Years: A First Day Chronology

My last post reflected on my grandmother who passed away on Wednesday of this week.  In the midst of sadness, it is nice to celebrate fresh starts and new beginnings, even if they result in eye rolls from the 12-year-old who finds the idea of first-day-of-school pics completely absurd.  Somewhere there exists pictures from Kindergarten and Second grade (I recall the mom-horror of realizing I didn’t get a pic before the first day of first grade) but those will have to be dug out either from an old computer file or a container of pictures somewhere under a bed at our house … I’ll save those efforts for a later date.

She is so tiny in the early pictures, still possessing that little girl face, and I recall thinking she seemed so big at the time.  When I look back at these images, I primarily see the physical changes in her but they also provide a marking point to reflect on her internal growths and struggles, her stumbles and her triumphs, that awful house in third grade and all the changes that took place in our family over these years.  Parents grow right along with them, I suppose, which is as it should be. Certainly she teaches us more than we’ll probably ever teach her, and not just lessons in our own endurance, though she has definitely given us lessons in that regard. The best kids always do.

Third Grade

Third Grade

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sixth Grade - Middle School!!

Sixth Grade – Middle School!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And today, first day of Seventh Grade:

Seventh Grade

Seventh Grade

 

 

That's our girl.

That’s our girl!

 

 

 

 

People often tell us that she looks like me, but the Divine Miss M is so much more than I was at her age.  She’s going to be a fantastic adult (assuming she doesn’t end up doing time ; )).  Here’s to another marvelous year in Colorado, for her and for us.

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6 Responses to Through the Years: A First Day Chronology

  1. Tribal Member says:

    Love you girls! I hope you all have a great school year.

  2. Kristin S says:

    Wow, look at the growth in just a few years. I also can’t believe how big Ethan is now compared to when he was a baby…and can’t remotely imagine him being a seventh grader yet. My goodness. When I met you, M being in seventh grade wasn’t really remotely imaginable, either. And boy don’t we grow from the lessons our kids teach us? You are so right on. You are always so wise in most of the things you say, so adept at writing down that wisdom. Thank you for sharing. And I’m so sorry about your grandmother.

    • Jen says:

      I don’t know about wisdom. Most of the time I wonder at why it is I seem to have to learn every lesson the hard way.

      M was 18 months old when you and I met. Crazy, huh? Your kids are growing SO fast. Every time I see a new picture, I think, slow down!!!! That’s the way of things, I suppose. I always say that I don’t want them to stay little forever, I just wish every stage/year would last a little longer.

  3. Jenny says:

    She looks like a good kid. No higher compliment.
    I tell people my daughter went off to Junior High and SOMEBODY ELSE came home.
    But don’t go by me.
    Jenny

    • Jen says:

      Thank you! And I feel like we have a different child every day, sometimes every hour. Oy. I suppose these years are a rite of passage – for parent and child.

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