Being Thankful

So, our beautiful baby boy has finally graduated from day care.  He’s going to be entering kindergarten in the fall and I can’t wait.  Mainly because we have prepared him the best we can and we’re now starting a new chapter in our lives.  We have moved from the toddler stage to little boy stage.  This has been an amazing journey and I couldn’t be more proud of my son and frankly us.  We did it! We didn’t damage him or make him afraid of his own shadow.  We didn’t drop him or lose him and he loves the heck out of us! Can I get an “Amen”? 

Having only one child has really shaped my views about what it is to parent and more importantly…parent a little black boy.  I juggle every day the task of making sure that I’m constantly reinforcing his self-esteem and sharing teachable moments with him.  Yes, I know you’re probably saying he’s only 5, but I want him to know that each and every day we wake up we need to thank God and be appreciative of everything.  I asked him the other day, “Brennan, what are you thankful to God for?”  He responded, “The lightning bugs because I like to play with them.” Wow! What a great answer! My heart was bursting with the feeling of “He’s listening to me.”

So, in the interest of being thankful, we have another milestone that has been achieved… Brennan graduated from his daycare’s pre-k program on June 6, 2013.  There was much back and forth between Lee and I about the importance of the day because I thought it was the best thing ever! Lee on the other hand said, “He’s not really graduating.  He’s aging out of the program.” I told him that he’s not aging out of the program he’s going to kindergarten.  I told him that graduation is the act of graduating.  Moving from one level to the next.  We are celebrating that much anticipated milestone.  However, he didn’t think that was true and it kind of reminded me of that scene in the movie, “The Incredibles” where Helen was talking to her husband about her son’s graduation ceremony:

Helen tells her husband Bob that he cannot miss their son  Dash’s graduation. 

Bob Parr: It’s not a graduation. He’s moving from the 4th grade to the 5th grade.

Helen Parr: It’s a ceremony.

Bob Parr: It’s psychotic! They keep creating new ways to celebrate mediocrity.

At the time, the movie came out I was laughing hysterically because I believed it to be true.  Fast forward 9 years later and I’m a mother and I have changed my mind about people creating new ways to celebrate mediocrity.  Shouldn’t we just be thankful and celebrate everything we can?  I say yes.  I want to celebrate  and give thanks for everything Brennan does with lots of love and cheering from the sidelines.  It’s a big deal for me to have Brennan grow up and know that he is loved and that I always want to celebrate the mediocrity.  That being said, I want to say congratulations to my son on completing his pre-k program and embarking on a new chapter of his educational journey (elementary school).

Check out some of the photos for the class of 2026!