Elliott has been attending the preschool program at our church, Treasure Creek, for about a year and a half now. We LOVE it there. His teachers are sweet, his class is cute and he is learning. This Summer, September, Elliott turns five. That gave us the option to enroll him in Kindergarten. So we did. Elliott is smart and very social. We knew he wouldn’t have a problem, even being the youngest in his class. Our confidence in his success was strong. So in May, Elliott graduated from Treasure Creek rather than moving on to the Pre-K fives class; a class for kids who could go to kindergarten but are on the young side.
Adorable right? The very next day, it may have even been that night… momma started thinking. Our decision to send him to school catapulted EVERYTHING one year in advance. Middle school one year sooner, girls one year sooner, COLLEGE one year sooner. Elliott leaving one year sooner. My heart hurt so badly I couldn’t take it. Normally I’m not like this. But I thought to myself, you can’t get this year back! You can’t say, oops… maybe I need to invest in you a little longer, get back in high school! If I want this year, now is the time to take it. So I did. And Calvin was all for it. Two days later I took our
graduate pre-schooler on a breakfast date. I worried as we sat, worried that after all the kindergarten hype he would feel deflated at the thought of staying in preschool. I explained my feelings and asked him how he would feel about staying in Treasure Creek for another year in an older class.
Sure. What Elliott? Sure, I like it there. Can I have a doughnut?
And that was that. Here is what I’m taking away from the situation: it’s okay to change your mind. As parents we worry SO much about doing the right thing all the time. Like we have one shot and if we choose wrong we will lose the whole game. There aren’t a ton of do-overs in life, but there are chances to back-track, start again, apologize, try something new. Take advantage of the time you have and don’t ever give up time with your kids when they are young. We are responsible for molding them, and as Christians we have the privilege of introducing our children to God and allowing Him to mold them. I don’t spend enough time in awe. In awe of the job I’ve been given to help little people grow into big people.
I want to do this well. So with Elliott, I’m taking an extra year.