It’s the sound of emails hitting my account. And lately there’s been a lot of activity, with fellow eighth-grade parents responding to a call for donations for a parent get-together following the annual eighth-grade dinner May 8.
I like the sound of the dinging. It reminds me of school families’ willingness to help – always, for anything – and managing to have fun while they’re at it. The email responses began almost as soon as the initial request came in.
The phone’s dinging also reminds me that we have a lot of families at St. Columbkille who enjoy getting together and celebrating. In this case – the eighth-grade dinner and dance, and the separate parent party – are bittersweet. We’re seeing kids off to high school after years of developing friendships between students and among families.
This will be the sixth eighth-grade dinner for our family (with three more to go, God willing). The first one was amazing, but each year the event grows and becomes even better, thanks to seventh-grade parents who host the event and other eighth-grade parents who help ensure it’s memorable for the students. You have to experience the dinner to believe it. They go all out with the invitations, decorations, photo opps, food, service, slideshow and memorabilia.
Thank you to the creative parents who put on the event. And thank you to all the eighth-grade families who have been part of our lives during these formative years (for both the parents and students).
Thank you for making saying goodbye so sweet.
Inspired by the Year of Faith, Susan Szalewski began writing weekly columns for us. Although that year is over, we liked them so well that we asked her to keep writing. Thankfully, she said yes. So watch for these on Thursdays and see the Year of Faith Blog here.