I've known it was coming. I've watched her grow up. Her mom and I have discussed it for months, but I still just don't want to think about it. Tomorrow is Miss K's last day at our daycare; she's growing up and moving on to the school's child care program.
It's the name of the game and I know it's part of the circle of child care, but dang it.... I don't like having my kids leave me to go to school! Miss K has been with me for just over 3 years and her big sister, Miss E, for several years before that... These girls have been part of my daycare family for a very long time and darn it if they didn't just grow up on me. If I could just keep all the kids in our group forever, that'd be OK with me (OK, honestly, most of the time - hahaha), but I imagine the kids, as they grow up to be, oh - the age of my first group of kiddos, Montana, Tana and Hali - 15, they might disagree. I've said good-bye to lots of kids and it stings each time, but I love meeting up with them from time to time as they grow up.
It was been a priviledge to watch Miss K grow from the cherub-faced, baby-clinging little toddler to the funny, smart, inquisitive, beautiful girl she is now. I know I'll still see her around - that's the joy of living in a small town, but I will miss her being a part of our daily routine. Miss K keeps us on task as we're working and is a leader for her friends at playtime. She is a little sponge that just soaks up knowledge and will be a real treat for her teachers.
I'm also very thankful to have had the opportunity to work with her parents - good people, good parents and people that will always remain a part of our daycare family. It is families like theirs that make it possible for me to keep doing what I do for as long as I have.
While I'm sad to be losing the daily connection with Miss K, I am excited to see her in school programs and around town as she grows up. Love you guys...