And now it’s time to play, all summer long. Here’s Athena getting a head start on it, immediately after school let out on the last day. Some of you may remember the shirt Athena is wearing as being the one she wore for the first day of school as well; when I noted it to her, she responded, “You don’t think that’s an accident, do you?” I like that I have a clever child.
Today marks the end of the sixth grade, which for Athena is the first year of middle school but for me was the last year of elementary (middle school was 7th and 8th grade), so for me if not her this end of a school year has some extra special resonance of the “childhood’s end” variety. It made me both happy and sad that the first thing she asked to do when she got out of school was to have a few minutes to play on the playground with some friends. I said yes, of course. She should enjoy it while she can.