Today was the last day of school for the year.
Today was a day full of tears.
This morning I dropped off a letter and a box of chocolates to the Vice Principal who is moving on, a man who has delighted in my boy for the last 5 years and has been one of his biggest advocates. The man who had to try and put the ‘stern face’ on while trying not to dissolve into giggles at Boo’s antics, everyone else excusing themselves to gaffaw in the hallway.
When he hugged me goodbye it was heartfelt.
On both sides.
Today was also the last day of most of Boo’s friends. They are all going on to high school, Boo – because of staying back to do another year of kindergarten – will stay behind.
Wonderful, caring kids. I will miss them dearly.
As I wiped Boo’s tears, I shed some of my own as these amazing kids ran up to me to ask me to sign their shirts and hug them goodbye.
We made our way to the car to calls of ‘I love you Kelley! I will miss you!’ ‘I will come and visit you Boo!’ across the playground.
It was all I could do to keep it together.
We sat in the car, Boo still sobbing, kids still calling out and parents leaning in the car to hug me goodbye and wish Boo a Happy Christmas.
Goodbyes are hard.
Especially when you are saying goodbye to such wonderful caring little humans that will go on to become amazing adults purely because they cared so much for one – pretty damn fucking fabulous if I do say so myself – special needs child.