I didn’t think I would cry but who am I kidding??!! While the everyday routine can seem a bit like Groundhog Day, milestones always remind me that life with Addison is a big deal. And sometimes when we get way too busy, I need those reminders.
Yesterday, I went to work late so we could all bike to school to drop Addison off for her last day of kindergarten. As we were getting ready she said it is a “happy sad day”. She had made a special card and poem for her teacher Ms. M, who will be ending her teaching career with Addison’s class. We won’t be here for the final good-bye, but we wanted to make sure she knew just how much she has meant to us. Addison learned all about poems, Piet Mondrian, and the Prime Minister this year, and we were able to watch her flourish and grow socially, mentally and physically…just like all her little classmates.
Amazingly, she only had two sick days all year. All the fears we had about Addison not fitting in and getting bombarded with germs never materialized. We thank her amazing teacher for that. Ms. M teared up when she read Addison’s poem (which said she was the best teacher ever), and that was enough to push me over the edge. But they were happy tears!
So today there is no school. Instead, we are on our way to Spain for the World Transplant Games. We have had the tickets booked since before the first day of school. But the end has kind of crept up on me.
Over the past two months we have packed up all the contents of our house for huge renovations, moved to my sister’s basement suite for seven months during construction, I returned to full time work, and Charlie started in part time daycare. Aaron has been working Saturday to Wednesdays for the child care juggle. It’s just been a heck of a few weeks. I don’t feel as prepared as I normally do before crossing an ocean. Ack! But we have the most important things – passports, medication and a bag full of snacks and diapers. All good right?
Can’t wait to say hola from Espana!
Elaine, Aaron, Addison and Charlie