Our family kicked off Independence Day celebrations by attending the parade at The Primrose School. The Fourth of July parade is an annual event. Each class makes two trips around the parking lot to the cheers of parents and grandparents. This time, it was a little bittersweet because it was Noah's last Primrose parade. In just five short weeks, he will begin kindergarten at nearby Keeley Elementary School.
Noah has loved every minute at Primrose. Each day, he rushes to his classroom, stows his backpack on a hook, washes his hands, signs in on the whiteboard and tears over to give me a hug and a kiss. He's always greeted with hugs from his classmates before they charge into building things with blocks, playing with little cars or constructing an enclosure for plastic animals. Then it's circle time with his teacher, Miss Moss. She doesn't put up with any shenanigans in the classroom and is very serious about helping these little ones learn their numbers, letters and sight words as a preparation for kindergarten. I know he will miss her.
But back to the parade. All the kids were decked out in red, white and blue. Each class had special hats to wear, Uncle Sam beards, stars and strips, Statue of Liberty headbands, and for Noah's class, red, white and blue paper loops to wear on their heads. The babies came first, some in a quad stroller, others standing up in a rolling crib. Groups in ascending order of age marched around the parking lot to patriotic music, waving little flags and chanting USA, USA! Because Lena was at Primrose Explorer Camp this week, she was allowed to walk with Noah, to his great delight.
Noah, and before him, Lena, were fortunate to attend such a wonderful school and get a solid preparation for kindergarten. The owners, Donny (Mr. Donny to the kids) and Marilyn, know every child, every parent, and all the siblings. It is a labor of love for them and it shows.
Happy Independence Day!
I'm Chris Barabasz, retired from a 35-year career managing communications for health care development (that's fundraising for you civilians). I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and freelance writer. My husband Andy and I moved from Delaware to Texas to be closer to our daughters and three adorable grandchildren.