It feels like only yesterday that I shared with you my hopes as I sent my first born off to kindergarten. Now I look up, knee deep in summer camps, and realize that our memories of daily handwriting practice and telling time and hatching praying mantises have faded. I want to let the memories that we have sink in, so we will never forget this year of remarkable growth and development, so we will remember the teacher who soon embarks on an adventure in Hawaii, and so we can appreciate all the successes of kindergarten before we begin worrying about first grade.
I'm proud and happy to say that I think all of my hopes for Big Sister were realized. She had a great year, and she proved herself in every way I'd hoped. And I'm not the only one who thinks so. At the end of school, Big Sister received an award given to the student in her kindergarten class who most exemplifies the school's values in character and scholarship.
I learned during the awards ceremony that the standards for character come largely from the Prayer of St. Francis, which the students say each Friday during chapel. It is a great set of values for anyone to aspire to:
- Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
- Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
- Where there is injury, pardon.
- Where there is doubt, faith.
- Where there is despair, hope.
- Where there is darkness, light.
- Where there is sadness, joy.
- O Divine Master,
- grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
- to be understood, as to understand;
- to be loved, as to love.
- For it is in giving that we receive.
- It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
- and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
One thing seems to be missing from that prayer, though:
This kid has plenty of silliness in her, especially when her mama wants to take last-day-of-school photos.
We're looking forward to first grade with a little bit of apprehension and uncertainty, but mostly with excitement and anticipation.