I don’t remember getting ready for it.
But I do remember the tingling thrill when I had my canary yellow cap and gown on.
I don’t remember who came to watch.
But I do remember the nervous butterflies dancing in my belly when we filed out into the sunny May day to find our seats behind the podium.
I don’t remember who chose me, the super-quiet shy girl, to be a part of the ceremony.
But I do remember the swift swell of pride in being chosen when I grabbed the microphone to sing “You Are My Sunshine” with my best friend, with whom I shared the same exact birthday.
My memories of that day are swirls of emotion and flashes of yellow. I felt a little different that day, like the air changing before a storm, but on the inside. Being in front of the crowd singing felt oddly comfortable, though I most likely didn’t talk to anyone other than my mom’s knees the rest of the day.
My Kindergarten graduation was 29 years ago. I still remember knowing that things were going to be different very soon, yet I had an unshakable optimism despite how scary that felt. Despite the odds I faced.
My son finishes up Kindergarten in a few weeks. When his last day arrives, my wish for him is that he, too, can walk into the bright early summer sun with his blond hair glowing and blue eyes bright with an unshakable optimism for everything that is yet to come.
And for him to know that I would do absolutely anything to help him get to where he wants to be.
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This post was written for The Red Dress Club Memoir writing prompt.
The prompt went like this:
For this week’s prompt we are asking you to remember a graduation. It doesn’t have to be yours and it doesn’t have to be high school.
I remember a lot of things starting when I was six years old. I have some flashes from four and five, but six is when things really began to stick with me. My son turns six this week, and I have been thinking about his world and his experiences and what he is going to remember about his own life 30 years from now.
It makes me want to be the kind of person who gives their kids better memories.
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