Family Friday: End the school year with a bang

Well, today was the last day of school for our kids here in Washington. Yes, even though we have been home for months, it was a milestone worth celebrating. And just like that, we have a first grader!

J’s school had a reverse parade for all the elementary students. So we loaded up in the car, rolled down our windows and drove through the school parking lot at snail’s pace to wave to the faculty. The masked teachers waved and shouted, surrounded by balloons and bubbles. It was fun and yet, so surreal.

I think with offering education at home we can forget to take time to celebrate these milestones. So today I’m offering the reminder to have a little family happy dance.

This year we celebrate our children moving forward. But we also celebrate navigating the unknown, learning how to homeschool while managing our own career stresses. We shared our vulnerabilities in navigating a pandemic, then a revolutionary movement. And we grew as families all over our nation.

Remember an all too famous quote, “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger”. Thanks to Kelle Clarkson we can even sing this quote and dance along. But this is so true! We are stronger than we have ever been.

This Family Friday, make time to celebrate all your successes, big and small. Give your kiddos a high five and hug, because they have learned how to embrace change well. You have all done a great job!

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