Helen Palmer (nice_cup_of_tea) wrote,
Helen Palmer

End of an era - Markus has just 4 days left of Kinderkrippe (nursery)

One of the hardest things I find about being a parent, is accepting the end of each stage. Markus has one week left of Kinderkrippe (nursery) and I am finding this really hard. Granted, I sometimes find it quite hard to deal with change. Markus is more than ready for Kindergarten (2 years of state pre school which starts at 4 or 5 here) and is really excited about taking the next step. Plus, the nursery has been doing a special "kindergarten" project with the leavers, preparing them for the next step.

But.... I don't feel ready and I feel so sad that he is leaving Kids&Co. They have cared for him 4 days a week since he was 6 months old and have done so a great job. He got a glowing report from them at my last parent meeting. He leads other kids, has a highly developed sense of right and wrong, stands up for other kids etc. He has two best friends there, and they are going to a different Kindergarten. On Friday I saw their wall chart, where the kids in boats float up the chart and then leave. Got a big old lump in my throat.
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The krippe has really brought Markus up alongside us. He has learnt so much there and been so happy. I cannot believe it has been 4.5 years. We have trusted them completely, he has thrived there and this security allowed me to go back to work. I always enjoyed taking him and picking him up there. I loved creeping in and seeing him at play. I love it when he seems me and yells Mummy and charges over, followed by Patrick and I have two small boys clinging at my legs. I love catching up with the staff. I love seeing this "second home".

So why am I so sad the he is in his last week there? I guess because it means he is growing up and moving on. Because generally, I find leaving the status quo hard. But he is ready and happy. And I keep reminding myself of my favourite quote about change:
"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another."
Anatole France

Here are two photos of Markus celebrating Fastnacht (carnival) when he was about 18 months old
2011 (1) 2011 (2)

And here is here with this best friends Venus & Mila at the start of this year
Tags: memories, mgm

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