I managed to hang out on Zane's last day of school for about an hour before I had to get back to work. Hanging out with him at school is so much different than it used to be. When he was in kindergarten, first and second grade, hanging out meant I was right with him the entire time. I sat by him on the bus ride to a field trip. I sat with him while he ate. I stayed right by him and some friends on a field trip. I'll be honest - I didn't make it into his classroom nearly as much in third and fourth grade. This last day of school was the first time I've been in all year, which is not what I wanted, but with using all my time off on maternity leave, it just wasn't avoidable. On Thursday, hanging out meant looking at his artwork with him, chatting with him and his friends for a couple minutes about Chuck Norris (lol) and taking some pictures. I helped serve pizza, so I didn't sit by him while he ate. But that's okay. It's a part of Zane growing up. There was a boy there who actually sat on his mom's lap for a good portion of lunch, and I was thankful that Zane is not like that with me. That Zane was making memories. That Zane was with his friends laughing and telling Chuck Norris jokes. On that note, did you know that Chuck Norris sleeps with a night light because the dark is afraid of him? Oh, I laughed so hard.
So yes, being around my kiddo is different now. But it's still great. I leave you with a couple pictures:
Zane has played soccer with the kid in green for years, and he's moving this summer. :(
He really looks like his dad in this picture. I am oh so familiar with that look.....
Zane's best friend.
He is always dancing! I love it!!!
The girls randomly inserted themselves in the picture. :)