2010年2月27日土曜日

what does graduation mean?

We're in the countdown to M's kinder graduation.

It's all about dresses, school bags, orientation days, forms, more forms, a few extra forms for good measure, thank you cards, to graduation dinner or not (is it not weird to hold a ¥5,000 yen a head dinner graduation ceremony evening and only invite the mothers??) etc etc.

In the neighbourhood committee it's all about organising walking groups, receiving graduation congratulations money, organising celebration rice and towels to give back and planning the new 1st year kids' first Kid's Association activity- planting mushroom spores...

At kinder they are busy practising their songs for the graduation ceremony, finishing up their graduation albums, organising a graduation class present for the kinder, colouring in the seed packets they made to hold the morning glory seeds they harvested from the plants they raised to give to the new lot of biggest class kids- a 20 odd year old tradition that's a study in plant genetics as each year the flowers get smaller and more monotonous.

At home it's all about why Amy can't go to school when Meg does, how it's not fair everyone talks about Meg and Meg had her picture in the paper and Meg gets a blue bag when blue is Amy's favourite colour and she's stuck with a yellow one and and and...

So yeah, I thought we had a pretty good grip on what graduation is. That is until Meg and I had this conversation today:

I can't wait till graduation mummy!
Really, why? (she loves kinder, loves her amazing teacher and doesn't like the attention she gets from older kids who don't know about us at the school so I was puzzled)
Because then we'll sing our special graduation song!
Ahhhhh....
And then we won't have to practise it any more and we'll be able to play again. I want to play on the scooters for a long time!
....

Uh oh.

2 件のコメント:

kasandora さんのコメント...

omg...so cute! Poor Meg, she will be in for a shock eh?

and of course you are welcome at my place! I would love to have you guys down!

Gaijin Wife さんのコメント...

this is so us in three years. My friend coffee chiemi is just doing all this now too and it sounds like our neck of the woods are about as 'graduation' going as yours. Mothers only dinner included!! Bring it on - anything that I can claim as 'having to do for the sake of the kids' that includes food I don't have to cook and beverages by the gallon!

Must be hard being the younger one and always wanting what the big sister has.