Ok, I admit it. I am a dork. I cried at least 5 or 6 times today. It all started in the car this morning on the way to the grocery store before taking the boys to school.... I knew then it was going to be a very, very long day!
Why all the tears? Today was Mason and Miles' last day at mother's day out. I know what you might be thinking and no, I am not selfish enough that I cried about just that fact. It is their last day of MDO at Hillcrest Church. Mason is moving on to preschool next year at Grace Academy and while I am so excited about that fact, I am also sad that he is leaving the wonderful, loving care of the ladies at Hillcrest. All his teachers have been wonderful, loving, caring, amazing women of God. I will miss their influence on my children's lives. Miles is moving to a different MDO program so that he will be in school the same days as Mason (for Mommy's own sanity).
The other reason I am so sad today is that for the past three years that Mason has attended MDO, he has had the best classmate in his best-friend, Dylan Jo. They have been in the same class all 3 years. We had to fight and argue to make sure that happened, well, a few times, but they were and like their mommies, they would have it no other way. Dylan is Mason's safety-net and Mason is Dylan's safety-net. On those days that Mason doesn't want to go to school, all I have to say is "Dylan is going to be at school. Don't you want to play with Dylan?" and he changes his tune and looks for Dylan to play with. Next year, Mason and Dylan will be going to different schools. I can't even tell you how much it breaks my heart - on SO many levels. I want to preserve this precious first-friendship for forever for them. It is such a pure, honest, true friendship and I just pray that it stands even though they will make new friends at their new schools. I love the way each of their faces light up when they see each other. Even though they will at some point not like to play with each other due to "cooties" and other such boy-girl things, I want them to always love each other the way they do now. Dylan's mommy and I are just going to have to make sure that they spend quality time together.
This is one of the very first pictures I have of Mason and Dylan together - Easter 2005. I'll add one of the two of them today, their very last day of school together. Ever. I'll post very soon, I promise! (And, yes, I am crying again. I told you I am a dork.)