My triplets graduated from Kindergarten yesterday.  I still remember like it was yesterday visiting them in the NICU, each of their tiny three pound bodies lined up right beside each other in the bassinet.  Now they are six-years-old and Chris and I got to watch them walk down the aisle as they completed their first year of school.

The graduates all wore fresh flower boutonnieres that were pinned to their dresses and shirts.  There was cake and ice cream. There were graduation hats. The first graders and Kindergarteners sang the song Turn Around, which I’m sure elicited many tears from proud parents.

In Kindergarten, these small people learn to do some amazing things. Many of them learn to read. They learn how to add and subtract. They have sight word lists they memorize. They learn how to get along with their peers. They learn right from wrong and cause and effect in a real world sense. They learn that the world does not revolve only around them. They come home from Kindergarten with stories of friendship and hardship. They come home laughing and they come home crying. There is so much they learn this first year of school; the emotions of life. The brain is growing and the imagination is stretching. Knees are skinned and feelings are hurt but they are quickly healed and growth begins.

Last night Ava asked me why I play so many songs about love. I told her because that is really the only thing that matters in this life; to love and be loved. She accepted that and agreed. Aside from the sight words, math problems and Montessori jobs, a Kindergartener should feel loved in the school environment. Kindergarten is the first time these kids truly leave the safety of their nest and enter the great big world.  As parents we want them to learn and play and have fun, as well feel safe and loved.

So when the triplets walked down the aisle yesterday to our school song I felt grateful that they were somewhere they were loved all year.

There is plenty of time down the road where life brings stress and chaos and responsibility. Kindergarten reminds us that once we were all just kids and we appreciated sitting down with colorful crayons and drawing a picture of our favorite thing, or “writing” in our journals or sewing a heart into a piece of cloth for Valentine’s Day.

I will miss Kindergarten.  The triplets will too.

Lyrics To The Song Turn Around

Where are you goin’ my little one, little one?
Where are you goin’ my baby my own?
Turn around and you’re two
Turn around and you’re four
Turn around and you’re a young girl
Going out of the door

[First Chorus:]
Turn around
Turn around
Turn around and you’re a young girl
Going out of the door

Where are you goin’ my little one, little one?
Little Dirndles and petticoats, where have you gone?
Turn around and you’re tiny
Turn around and you’re grown
Turn around and you’re a young wife
With babes of your own

[Second Chorus:]
Turn around
Turn around
Turn around and you’re a young wife
With babes of your own

[First Chorus)

Where are you goin’ my little one, little one?
Where are you goin’ my baby my own?

Until next time, the mothership is signing off.

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3 thoughts on “Turn Around And They Are Grown

  • June 12, 2014 at 10:33 am
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    Awesome kids. Awesome parents. Awesome school. This just makes me cry!

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  • June 12, 2014 at 3:16 pm
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    Meg, you got to be kidding!! Graduating!…. those little bundles of joy!
    WOW! Time really flies when one gets old(meaning me)
    How special this blog is…they look fantastic!
    Good job Meg & Chris. Happy days.

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  • September 21, 2014 at 3:52 am
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