It was also another ending — that of our regular babysitting duties. We have provided child care for the kids for 8 of the past 9 years and for the last 7 consecutive years. Mind you, for the past 4 years, it has only been before and after school for 3 days a week.
But the times they are a'changin, and with an extended and blended family on their dad's side, different arrangements had to be made, so our gig is done or pretty much. We will provide services for 2 weeks in August this summer, but come September, it will be just Sue and me.
At first, I felt a bit disappointed because it has been so good to be such a part of their lives. But, as I said, things are changing, and they don't really need us as they once did; they just really need a place to hang out before and after school. Not that Sue and I have great plans for our footloose future, especially considering the needs of our old cat who has now, surprisingly, survived for 3 months with us, but we will be able to roam away from the house a little more freely.
So, all in all I am ready for the change. It will be a little like retiring all over again.
On that last morning, I took a few on-the-spot portraits before the bus came. These are a few of them. They are such good kids.
|I may need to print and hang this one|
|Here they hold the little gifts that they will give to the bus driver.|
Edit: Oops, I almost forgot this one of Danica smelling the lilacs from our silk lilac tree, which has been both gorgeous to look at and exceptionally fragrant this year.