Facing the first day of kindergarten and the marked passing of time, Tom Williams realizes the importance of taking in each moment.
A couple of weeks ago, the biggest change in my life and the life of the twins (so far) happened.
Just one month ago, we had a couple of preschoolers. They spent a few hours a day at pre-school. They learned. They made friends. They did it 45 minutes from home, driven there by my wife.
One day, a couple of weeks ago, it all changed. Our children were given the option, by the school and us, to either get driven to and from school, or ride the bus. We figured they would want to get driven to school. The twins had other plans, other images of “magical school buses” that would take them to school and relegate us to bus stop drop off.
Due to unexpected circumstances, I was fortunately home for their first day of school. I was able to walk them to the bus stop. I was nervous. My wife was nervous. The twins were nothing but excited.
The bus pulled up, and suddenly it was all real. Our boys, who I still remember as being little premature newborns, were now “big kids.” Our boys were now kindergarten students. Nothing would be the same for us. We would never be able to go back. We watched as they boarded the bus.
The twins would make new friends in their new school. They would learn new things from their new teachers – and they would keep growing.
The boys love their school. They love their classes. They love their teachers. They love making new friends. They have adapted to the change better than we ever expected, and better than we ever could have envisioned.
In a few years, our youngest will be doing the same thing, entering that bus and kindergarten. Before we know it, all of our kids will be in school. All of our kids will no longer be the babies we remember them being, and will be school age kids.
We will be, before we know it, two parents with a house full of “big kids.” I have heard the advice “don’t blink” and truly understand it now. How does time pass so quickly? How do I not blink?
Originally appeared on Twins and Then. Reprinted with permission.