Today is Baby’s final assembly at the elementary school. The grade 7 students vacate their places and leave the hall and the grade 6 move in to grade 7 places. One group leave with tears rolling down their eyes and the other group all excited to be the new grade 7 students.
28 years ago, I too went through this. I remember feeling petrified as to where my life will take me. I was living in a two bed room dungeon ( it really was) kind of house with an absent father and present but not really present mother. SSLC exam was my make it or break it exam. No one had faith in me that I would do well and I had big shoes to fill in. My sister was a brilliant student and everyone knew her and her achievements. As I left the assembly hall for the last time, I felt my world and all that I considered as my safety net was crumbling around me and I felt all alone.
From a small place in Kerala to where I am now.. what a beautiful journey it had been..and it was worth every bit.
This morning Baby came to me and said “Mom, I am not ready to leave my school”
And I smiled and told her ” I know it is really hard, but trust me when I tell you this, the journey ahead is worth it, ‘Oh the places you will go’ ”
Together we read Dr. Seuss’s “Oh the places you will go”