In the morning I met with some other parents in order to hand over a surprise gift card for a very good restaurant to the teachers. None of them knew we were going to come so it was a big surprise and they were all very excited about the gift card. We visited them during their break so we sat down with them and had a small chat and something to drink together.
I returned to kindergarten in the afternoon to pick Sunny up instead of putting him on the bus because I wanted to say goodbye to the teachers, too. So I went there about 15 minutes before kindergarten was over. They all sat together at the table and had something to drink (it was really hot today!) when I came so I sat down as well and was given something to drink, too. Sunny was happy to see me and called my name. That was so sweet!
Sunny's teacher then told me about the "graduation": the kids got their farewell presents and unpacked them. They played together, then came the ice cream van and all the kids got some ice cream. After that all the kids going to school showed their satchels on some kind of "catwalk". We just bought ours yesterday and everyone thought that we really picked out a cool one. Sunny's kindergarten backpack has a shark on it and his satchel has the theme with a shark again. Buying a satchel for a school kid to-be is always a big deal here.
Before kindergarten is over the kids sit down in the hall together with the teachers and sing a farewell song each day. One of the kids chose today's song to sing and while it is just a farewell song it made me so sad in the context of today that my tears started to flow.
After all the other kids were on the bus I talked to the teachers some more and when we exchanged our hugs and farewell wishes the tears rolled again. Sunny's main teacher comforted me and said that she was sure everything will be fine. I am really not good at saying goodbye. It feels strange and awkward and sad not so see them again after three long years where we shared so many things and I opened up my heart to them and searched for advice more than once. It is always so hard for me to leave people behind that I built such a relationship with. They were an important part of my life.
When I came home and unpacked the presents from the satchel I was so touched when I saw them.
The first thing I found was a beautiful T-Shirt with the handprints of all the kindergarten kids:
|The rest of the prints are on the back of the shirt|
The third thing we got was a stretched canvas that used to hang on a wall in kindergarten. On it is a photo of Sunny together with his name and date of birth and a picture (rather some pattern) that he painted on it. It already found its place in our living room.
Tonight, when I wrote my last entry into our communication book for the teacher to read tomorrow I let the tears flow freely. I hope I could make it clear to her and her colleagues how thankful I am for everything. Incidentally, the communication book is almost filled and there are only two pages left for the teacher. Tomorrow we will close this chapter of Sunny's life for good and open a new one in September - hopefully filled with much love and compassion from his new teacher.