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    Posted May 31, 2013 by
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    The Graduate

    A few weeks ago, Sophie, age 5, lost her first tooth. It was then that I knew it was happening: she wasn't a baby anymore. Sure, she is MY baby, and she will always own that title, but I know with each day I have to send her out into the world a little bit more.

    Sophie woke up extra excited today because she knew she was graduating preschool. We chose a special dress and she previewed some of the songs her class would sing during their "grand finale." As soon as my husband and I dropped her off at school, I started to cry, just as I did when my son was that age (he's now 9) and finishing up preschool.

    There are 24 children in Sophie's class, and each one of them truly put their heart and soul into singing songs like "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" for us and reciting poems. It was beautiful. Sophie's teacher is amazing. She loves every child that comes into her classroom and I am forever grateful for the care she gave Sophie this year.

    After the ceremony was over and we picked up Sophie's "diploma," she asked two questions: "Does kindergarten start on Monday?" and "Can you get me something special since it's a special day?" Needless to say, I now have a bag of goodies in the car that I will give her when I get home from work...tissues included.

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