Things do not change; we change. Henry David Thoreau.
Grace has recently graduated preschool. We are so proud of her. If you follow our story then you know how painfully shy and full of anxiety she can be at times. The 'photo shoot' below tells a different story. She is growing up and she is moving on and we have some seriously mixed feelings about this.
It is particularly difficult as Kate was also due to make a transition but we have decided with her daycare that because she is not potty-trained and she is behind her peers that she will stay with the little ones in the two year old room for a little while longer. I know this is the right thing to do. I know her daycare will move her as soon as she is ready.
Grace has moved on to a different daycare because of her age. She will be starting school in the Fall and she needs to be with her peers. Part of me wanted her to stay in the daycare with Kate. I took comfort in knowing that she was there with Kate. She understands her sister. She can translate for her; and I don't just mean in terms of speech. She gets Kate. Kate needs her in a way I can't describe.
Alex and I are usually very good at celebrating different milestones with Kate. We don't often compare her to other children. She is making excellent progress. We still can't help but wish her sister was there to help her along during the day.
We know that it is very important for Grace to go on to school and be independent. There is more than enough responsibility on Grace's little shoulders. Kate will gain a little more independence too. I know Kate misses her sister even though she can't express it. Grace misses her too. They are so excited to see each other at the end of the day. Below is their daily car conversation when they see each other at the end of the day. It rings true.
Grace: You ok, Kate?
Kate: I ok, Gacey.
“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”
― Eckhart Tolle
Grace and Kate's mom. (Shanell)