On the 20th of June, Miss Farrah Raquelle Moody graduated from the Kinder-Ready program at her school. It was held at a park on a perfectly beautiful day. Farrah had her dress all picked out for the day which actually started in the morning at a different park where there was a bouncy house, face painting and oh god, a clown. All the kids got pop cycles, Farrah and I sat on our picnic blanket in the back of the group (can't be too close to clowns), and when it was finally time to do the balloon tricks, L-Bow the clown walked back to give Farrah the poodle, while the rest of the kids whined about it. Lucky.
Anyway, we got her all ready and I even did her hair the same way I did for her first day of school. Mike was in charge of picking up some flowers, but I had to give the list of what not to buy that could make me non-functional due to stupid flower allergies. They turned out awesome. They even put glitter on the flowers!
Well, we (parents) were in charge of bringing assigned pot-luck dishes for the post grad picnic. This is a very healthy school so pretty much everything was green. I thought long and hard about what healthy salad I could bring since that was my task, and I decided to go for unhealthy instead. I made two LARGE dishes of Caesar salad with lots of cheese and croutons. I know this post is about Farrah's graduation, but sorry, I'm giving myself a BIG pat on the back for picking something that went in a hurry. It was almost like a relief to many when we opened our two containers of sauciness , cheesiness, croutony, and some Romaine lettucey goodness. Are any of those words?
Anyway, the kids all sat in a line in alphabetical order and Miss Becky began to speak and immediately began to cry, which of course made the rest of us get teary eyed. She just loves the kids so much and the teachers with all her heart. After her speech, the diplomas were handed out to each child, along with a photo of their class, and a rose. After their name was called and they gathered their things, it was announced what they wanted to be when they grew up. Audrey, Farrah's best friend, wants to be a podiatrist. What? Then there were two heart surgeons-to-be, firemen, police officer, and other things that made me think I definitely had Farrah at the right school. Everyone was so ambitious! Then Farrah's turn, "Farrah Raquelle Moody! Farrah wants to be a cooker and a singer when she grows up!" Of course I cheered for our little girl. She knew she wanted to be a chef before she ever even knew that's what I went to school for. And singing? That's just a given in our musical family.
We got lots of pictures and couldn't help beam with pride with the awesomeness that is our Farrah. The three of us stayed until the very end. I remember Glen, Audrey's dad look a little confused and asked Audrey if she knew what a podiatrist is (because this seemed to be a surprise to him and Cheryl) and Audrey said no. Then he explained what it was, and then she said, "Oh yeah. That's what I want to be!" So kudos to Audrey!
Farrah, I can't say how proud I am of you and have it mean as much as I feel it. You have lovely penmanship, you can do math, you love science and are intrigued with planets and dinosaurs. You are incredibly good at art and you tell me all the time, "But mommy, I'm only 5 years old and I don't know much stuff. I need you to tell me everything!" I will do my best and I am doing my best. You are so bright and knowledgable at such a young age, I can hardly fathom what wonderful adult you will become because at 5, you're one of the very best people I know. Your intuition is very uncanny and your desire to see everyone around you happy is a characteristic that at your age is not learned, but simply ingrained into your soul. I love you so much. You are what I want to be when I grow up! ; )