I have already performed in the closing ceremony
Cameras were flashing like fireflies on this bittersweet day
I chased all of my friends during the final recess
And now the year is over...
It flew by!
I’ll miss my teacher…her smiles, her hugs, her jokes
I will miss the way that she looked at me on this very last day.
My parents are calling me
But I linger just a bit longer...
and look back into my classroom
to postpone this inevitable good-bye.
I proudly recall my accomplishments over the year
I have grown tall
I’ve climbed very high
I beat Ryan in a race
I scraped my knee (and I didn’t even cry)
I learned to jump rope
I memorized “Miss Mary Mack”
And I built a tower of blocks to the sky
only to knock it down with one swift blow!
I wave to my friends as they head off with their parents
My parents call again... “
Just a minute,” I say.
All of summer is ahead!
Sophie is going to camp
Adam is on a baseball team
Daniel is going to Florida to visit his grandparents
Jenny’s new brother is due any day
What am I going to do?
I’m going to play ball with my friends
until it gets so dark that we can’t see the ball anymore.
I’m going to have a squirt gun fight with Terri
that will upgrade into buckets,
then the sprinkler
and finally the garden hose!
I’m going to go to the beach and
eat my Popsicle slowly
The juice will melt all over my face
Then, my mother will let me go in the water
just one more time
I’m going to eat peanuts at baseball games
and ice cream at picnics
and watermelon carved up like big summer smiles!
My parents call once more...
My teacher turns to me
I know I’ll see her in September, but it won’t be the same
She will not be my teacher.
This will not be my classroom.
“Have a great summer, I’ll miss you,” she says.
I don’t know what to say, so I blurt out,
“Thanks. Thanks for everything!” and break into tears
One more hug
One more good-bye
Then, I turn and walk through the door
to the beginning of my sweet summer.
Peter Stewart is an author, lecturer, performer and composer. Currently, he is the director of Sing and Learn Music, leader of the Potato Chip Band, and founder of www.ilovemywrinkles.net. To learn more, please visit his website at www.peter-stewart.com. Katie Stewart is Peter’s 14-year-old daughter.