Friday, May 23, 2008

Summertime

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Today is the last day of school for Brendan's class. It's hard to believe that he'll be a Kindergartner next year. It would be a cliche to say how fast the years have flown by. I still feel like I'm just getting to know him, my smart, beautiful, imaginative little guy. Every day he surprises me with his ability to show and receive love.

I remember that last summer he lamented the fact that he, unlike many of his other friends, did not have a best friend. His teacher last year commented that unlike some of the other boys in his class, Brendan sometimes liked to play alone. How it has warmed my heart to watch him blossom this year ... to see him make friends and laugh and have a good time, to learn to write, draw, and count, to be well-liked by his teachers and fellow students, to find a best friend.

The pictures in the attached slideshow are some I took at the pre-K end-of-year party on Wednesday. It was a pool party and the children could not have had more fun! They ran from pool to pool, played on the Slip 'N Slide, ate pizza and popsicles, and generally had about as much fun as I've ever seen a bunch of kids having. I feel really lucky that I got to be there.

One of my favorite pictures in the slideshow is of Brendan with his best friend, Kush. They love each other in such a pure, unconditional way. Everyday when they see each other they hug. On Saturday, Brendan found a box here that a toy had come in. On the outside of the package were pictures of Spiderman and Venom. Brendan loves Spidey, but so does Kush, so Brendan asked if we could cut out the picture of Spiderman and take it to his friend. Of course we did. I am proud of my loving and giving little fellow, yet simultaneously surprised at how loving and giving he can be. But I guess that's what you do for your best friend.

As always, though, I've gotten ahead of myself, hoping they'll remain friends for a long, long time. Who knows? We'll see. Right now, it just brings me joy to see these two sweet boys and their friendship.

4 comments:

Tana said...

Great slide show! Aren't little boys marvelous? Your hope isn't unrealistic, even if you feel like you're getting ahead of yourself. My hubby is still best friends with his earliest childhood best friend.

Cynthia said...

So cute!

My brother is still best friends with guys he's known since first grade, so it can happen. He practically killed himself to make one of the guys wedding last month!

rennratt said...

How wonderful!

Blossoming friendships in kids so young is a joy to watch!

Aleta said...

What sweet pictures! Childhood friendships are precious, almost like family once you've been through so much together.

I love the jubilee of children during the summer months. Greg was outside with the neighborhood kids teaching them how to use the three-man slingshot that he bought 2 years ago. They used waterballoons and had a blast. I posted some of the pictures on my blog. Too cute. Makes you feel like a kid again!