It started with Kindergarten and then First Grade.
Oh fine lets be honest, it started long before that with every mark she made.
But if we are being really honest, I think we can say that this momma is getting better at this process every year. [insert husband laughing in background while rolling eyes at wife]
I put it off all summer. The ceremonial purging of the papers. Third grade is already a week underway and we need the space. So buck up mom, get it together, and let second grade carpet the floor in all it's glory.
See, I knew her question wasn't about remembering the book, but more so remembering the hours we spent reading together, working on the worksheets together, trying to predict the next chapters together. And the moment we sat on the couch crying when we read Charlotte......well, ya know. I love my daughter's heart and the moments we shared together with this book.
So we sorted, and we cleaned. Making stacks to keep and stacks to recycle. The end was in site and we came upon the official "Second Grade Memories." I'll be honest, I didn't even open it and start reading. I looked through it when she brought it home in May and it was wonderful. Today it shall be remembered as wonderful and soon enough it will be looked through again. Emma did announce, "Mom, Mrs. Munley said we are never allowed to lose this and we must look at it before going to college." Note taken. ;)
They are superstars.
Better than superstars.
Heroes. Ya, heroes.
Heroes to us parents. Us parents that don't read all the instructions, us parents that don't know their kids can't see and need glasses, us parents that worry about our kids finding their "nitch", and us parents that know their kids will learn more about learning itself because of a teacher. Forever grateful.
So we made it. Two hours later, we purged through every single paper that had Emma's fingerprints on it. And [drum roll please] we made our favorites all fit into the purple box! We have special projects, all the artwork, memories, writings, our best grades (and worst too!), notes from the teacher, and those papers mom just can't let go of for one reason or another...all tucked into the purple box labeled SECOND GRADE.
So there it is....another year from this sappy mom. So blessed to have these memories. Here's to Emma, second grade, Mrs. Munley and our purple box!! Cheers!!