Monday, September 5, 2011

Grade 8

Tomorrow is the first day of school hereabouts. It's been all the talk on Facebook & my non-ALI message boards, etc., and of course, you can't miss it in all the malls, stores, newspaper & TV ads, etc. etc. Adding to the fun (not), AF decided to pay me an early visit, just in time for this long weekend (impeccable timing, as always...!). My one reprieve this year: the annual Labour Day weekend get-together with dh's cousins was cancelled this year because of the recent death of dh's uncle, so I don't have to listen to all his cousins who are not just moms but also teachers. 

Katie would be starting Grade 8 tomorrow. Grade 8!!! I remember my first day (and subsequent days) of Grade 8 very well. We had moved to a new town over the summer, so I was "the new girl." Ugh. Oh well, I survived. I like to think Katie wouldn't have had to go through that. She'd be turning 13 in November. A teenager! 

At most schools hereabouts, Grade 8 is the last stop in either elementary or middle school (jr high) before moving on to high school. My understanding is that Grade 8 graduation has become almost as big a deal as high school. In some ways, I'm relieved I don't have to deal with that. 

But it hurts too, thinking about how much fun it would have been -- having grad portraits taken & proudly handing them out to friends & relatives, shopping for a nice dress (& no doubt fighting over it, lol), giving her flowers from her dad & me, arranging for hair & nails to be done as a special treat, taking pictures. 

I miss my little girl every single day. But tonight, it's hurting a little more than usual. :( 


  1. I'm so sorry Loribeth. Huge hugs to you.

  2. Every year this must be so very cruel. I'm so sorry.
    Sending love and thinking of you.

  3. (BIG HUG) 8th grade is a big deal. It's the last possible year of childhood, esp. in small or private, K-8 schools.

    I don't know how many back-to-school pictures I've seen on FB in the last week or so. (Here we usually start in mid-August... late August for some schools, but teachers start working around August 3.)

    This must be very hard to endure.

  4. Thinking of you, and of your Katie, and sending love.

  5. This must be such a painful time for you, Loribeth. Thinking of you, and holding both you and Katie close to my heart.

  6. Thinking of you, Loribeth and remembering Katie. xo

  7. I'm so sorry it's so hard. That is such a precious age (but, then, aren't they all?).