Our Ava Goes to First Grade!

I never had children of my own, but I am lucky enough to have two amazing step-daughters. The first, from my first marriage, is now married and has a new baby girl, Tia Grace. The Crankee Yankee’s daughter has 6-year old Ava and 17-month old Juliette. Three beautiful and amazing granddaughters!

Ava, our first granddaughter, just started grade school this week. She is smart, funny, kind, generous, and in all ways completely loveable and adorable. Her mom kindly sent us pictures of her first day at school, and already she looks right at home.

As I looked at that beautiful face, smiling that gorgeous smile, I can only imagine what she will be in this world of ours. I also wonder how just a little while ago, she was only a baby. How in the world did she get to be six and in grade school?

The plain fact is, kids grow up. We watch a baby’s first steps, hear their first word, and they go on and on from there. Sometimes when I am with Ava, coloring or making things, I tell her, “don’t grow up too fast!”

She looks up at me with those big brown eyes, laughs and says, “*Lulu, you’re silly!”

Yes I am. I am impossibly older than she is and I wish with all my heart that she has a good life and that nothing will ever hurt her or break her spirit. Where does the time go?

All I can think of is that heartbreakingly beautiful song, “Sunrise, Sunset,” from “Fiddler on the Roof:”

“Is this the little girl i carried?

Is this the little boy at play?

I don’t remember growing older,

When did they?

When did she get to be a beauty?

When did he grow to be so tall?

Wasn’t it yesterday when they were small?

Sunrise sunset, sunrise, sunset,

Swiftly flow the days,

Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers,

Blossoming even as they gaze…

Sunrise sunset, sunrise, sunset!

Swiftly fly the years,

One season following another,

Laden with happiness and tears…

One season following another,

Laden with happiness and tears.”

*”Lulu” is my grandma name.