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Poor Nana!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Erik decided over the weekend that he wants to walk to and from school! Of course, he's only 6. There's a busy street to cross outside of the school zone, so many drivers are eve exceeding the 30mph limit. No way is he going to do THAT real soon.

But I told him we could start practicing so that he'd be ready to do more and more of it as he wants to. So yesterday, when we got to the top of the hill, I could see the crossing guard. It's the same busy street as we crossed earlier, so they hire an adult for it. Unfortunately, Fulton is very walker-friendly in terms of having sidewalks just about everywhere you go. Often, though, they're only on one side of the street, and that's the case here. So we have to cross twice. I told him to go on ahead and let Mr. Fisher help him across. He did, but he kept looking back to make sure I was still there. So cute - not quite as ready to walk by himself as he thought. This morning, though, he just kept going.

And yesterday, I told the adult supervising the kids who are waiting for pick-up about how he's going to be learning to walk by himself. For awhile, I'll check in with her and wait on the far side of the parking lot. The school is set well back from the street, with a walkway from the parking lot down to Mr. Fisher. So that will be the next step, waiting with him.

Of course, Erik is oh-so-proud of himself. emoticon But Nana is emoticon Just on the inside, of course. I'm really proud of him too, and I DO want him to grow up. Just not yet!
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THEMRSH 10/2/2013 9:24PM

    I feel your pain Nana! My 6 year old son started kindergarten this year and a month and a half in I still get bummed putting him on the bus.

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SPARKFRAN514 9/25/2013 1:15AM

    emoticon for sharing it reminds that we need to be supper careful as we travel near schools and watch for the those cute little ones as they head to school. emoticon glad you are doing O Kay with this growing up stage and letting go . emoticon

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DEEEBEE 9/24/2013 11:48PM

    We DO want our children to grow up responsibly, but we know that as that maturity happens, we are losing them bit by bit. It's always hard, but it is the way it ought to be. I wish I had kept a journal back then.

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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NIRVANAGRRL 9/24/2013 6:36PM

    I can totally empathize! My son has a bus stop about a block away from our house. this year we have let him walk to and from the bus stop (most days). He loves the independence, but he still gets very excited when his dad or I am there to walk with him. He has to cross an alley that runs out of the YMCA and sometimes people don't pay attention to the stop sign. It frightens me that he'll get hit by some careless person.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/24/2013 11:13AM

    emoticon I remember those days with my 2 kids!

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BUSYGRANNY5 9/24/2013 11:00AM

    Love it and so feel your pain! :)

Have a great day!

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PEGGYO 9/24/2013 10:02AM

    I know just what you mean emoticon

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A_NEW_ME_1983 9/24/2013 10:00AM

    Such a Sweet Story... Kids these days want to grow up so fast. I wish my childhood would of slowed down

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