I hope you have recovered from a dope weekend. Mine was perfect, it was low key yet memorable. I got plenty of rest and relaxation.
Friday, June 9th was the big day. The day LittleCuteLips (My Girl) graduated from Pre-K. Next stop Kindergarten. She and her classmates had been counting down the days. They were so excited, they had a series of events leading to their big day. Although they were only five they had a class trip, and a prom with graduation being the big finale. I was counting down for another reason. You see that was the last time we would ever pay for daycare. GLORAYYY SAINTS!
Although I was excited about this financial win my emotions were all over the place. This is my baby, she is the reserved one of the bunch. She is incredibly in tune with her emotions to be so little. She was born this way. I prepared her for the babysitter transition to daycare for almost a year. This was the girl that was extremely shy and would only be herself at home. She hardly spoke to her aunts, uncle and grandparents. We did this interview on her first day of daycare.
This shy little girl became a total and complete social butterfly. She knew everybody in the building and in the morning it took an extra 15 minutes to get all of her greetings in from the students and staff and then again when it was time to go home in the evening. We watched the evolution take place. She found her voice and uses it. She set boundaries for others (she isn’t a morning person.) and she created friendships I hope she keeps forever.
I affectionately refer to her and her crew as the Old Lady Gang. They are now five but they act like grandmas and have since they were 3. They are bossy at times and they move at old lady pace. It was nice to see my baby find her squad.
They are a funny bunch.
LittleCuteLips was super excited about prom, I don’t think she has ever gotten this fancy before. I was excited for her but I wanted her to look like a little girl. We don’t do grown around here. I believe little girls should look like little girls. Not grown little women. Her Mama nor her Daddy are down for that. We found this dress at Target for about $22 and she loved it. Her measure of a dress is how well it twirls. This one had all the twirl honey and it was within the budget, I wasn’t spending more than $50 on a dress.
Although the four of us were in attendance Daddy was her date so it was all about the two of them. I found her gold sandals for $18 at H&M. They are super cute and she can wear them again. I refuse to press her hair straight until she is 10 so we went with an updo that required no heat. I pulled her hair up into three ponytails like a mo-hawk and put rollers on the end of her hair to give them some curl. They were on for a few hours and I took them out and separated her curls with my fingers for fullness. We loved the end result. She and Daddy were a hit on the red carpet.
Graduation day I kept it together. Above all else I was proud. Proud of the little girl we have raised. She was valedictorian of her class, and had a little speech. So cute right?
She did a special dance number and even recited the poem “Hey Black Girl” with her Old Lady Gang.
She got all dressed in her cap and gown and received her diploma. We cheered on like she was Rudy Huxtable playing football and doing her end zone dance. Mama is proud, I’m nervous about Kindergarten because Mommy’s are wired that way but I know she will do well. I look forward to the next step in her journey.