After a lovely- and busy- summer, we have returned to school and our regularly scheduled programming. This school year is a big one for the Haas family. For the first time in 12 years we do not have a child at the elementary school.
This transition has been bittersweet. On one hand, it is nice being at only two schools now- the high school and the middle school- with only two back-to-school nights, two dropoffs, a slightly more consolidated pickup. On the other, I loved our time at the elementary school, a truly wonderful community school, the oldest in our 150-year-old district with beautiful grounds and welcoming people. And for me, it is a reminder of how quickly time goes. The kids are growing up way too quickly. It is the ambivalent privilege of parenthood. I am hopeful, excited to see the men and women my children will grow up to be. It is a joy, albeit a stressful joy, to help guide them in their decision-making as they steam on through middle and high school on the path toward their eventual futures. Yet there is a wistful sadness in the knowledge that they will never again be little, that the time for cuddles and all-day trips to the Lacy Park playground has now passed. “Enjoy the phase you’re in when you’re in it, because once it’s gone you never get it back,” my dad wisely warned me when my babies were babies. How those words ring so true today.
So to the young parent who stumbles upon this blog, enjoy the time. While in the thick of endless diaper changes and toddler tantrums, it can seem as though the years stretch before you and it may feel as though this stage will never end. You might not be able to imagine your child starting high school years from now, learning to drive, exploring colleges, becoming an adult. Friends, it will happen faster than you think, and those ‘baby years’ are precious and oh so fleeting. Because the days are long and the years are too short. To those who are struck by the quick passage of time as you drop off your babies at middle and high school, I’ll see you in the carpool lane. At least until one of my older kids gets a drivers license… which can’t happen soon enough!