Mia had a graduation party/bbq at her preschool last Friday and this week is her last week of school. True to her personality, she’s been very matter of fact about the whole end-of-school thing and has been talking very excitedly about the next phase in her life and the move up to “the big kids school”. But I’ve caught her in a few moments recently where she’s been quiet and suddenly saying that she’s sad that she won’t be going to her preschool any longer. As the end draws near, it must be hitting her that all of her 7 school friends will be scattered throughout various schools come Fall.
Unsurprisingly, I am more sad about this than she is, but I am a sap about these kinds of things. There are other changes too, some very positive, and others that leave me scratching my head. She’s really taken to her role as an older sister to Claudine, “reading” her books and showing her the ropes about going to the bathroom on the potty (not that it’s helped since I’m totally convinced that this child will never be potty trained). Mia’s also become very impressionable to other kids. You know, she used to always do her own thing and didn’t get swayed easily by what other kids were doing, but this is becoming less so as she gets older. I would be lying if I said that it didn’t bother me that she’s becoming a princess loving barbie fan. It was just never the kid I knew – the girl who used to just stand there totally uninterested as her friends would dress her up in princess gowns. But I remember what peer pressure and stuff is like, especially at an age where friendships grow so intense. So instead of secretly cringing that her friends are turning her into a girly-girl, I’ll just step aside and let her be whatever it is she is meant to be. Sniff.