It’s the kids’ last day of school! I’m excited and wanted the kids and their friends to feel excited, to end on a high note, rather than just disappearing.
“What do you think?” I asked Isaac. “Do you want cupcakes or cookies for the last day of school?” Then I remembered the rainbow cakes at Costco the kids always swoon over. “How about a rainbow cake since Hawaii has rainbows?!”
“Yeah! Rainbows with JETS!” Isaac said. We ordered five pounds of gummy jets online, divided them into party bags, and distributed them to everyone at preschool.
“Rainbow cake party? Rainbow cake party?” Eloise said nonstop all weekend. She ended up crying through her first piece of cake with her class because it didn’t have any purple on it. She accompanied me to Isaac’s class, where she sat with the big kids and ate her lunch, then ate all the purple icing off her next piece of cake. Two seconds later: “Green one? Green?”
I was inspired by a story my sister told me of a friend who had to withdraw their kid from preschool for work reasons. They threw a party and treated it with the same festivity that usually greats the end of the year. That seemed like a good attitude to me.
And so, after a short four months of preschool, we continue our Gap Year…because we don’t really have a choice—still no luck on the Hawaiian school wait list we’ve been on since early fall. No sweat! I’m sure we’ll have plenty to do!
Things we like about moving: boxes, hand-carrying all the foreign currency (since movers can’t move cash), plane rides. Things we don’t like about moving: saying goodbye! I am so thankful Grandfather opened his home to us for these months, despite our mess and noise and kid chaos everywhere. “That’s what it’s all about!” he said tonight as we said our goodbyes. That’s what it’s all about.