Our youngest started fourth grade this past week. It’s a milestone for us because this will be his last year in elementary school. Our elementary school only goes through 4th grade and then they move to an intermediate school for grades five and six before heading to middle school.
So this year will be full of those “last time” moments for him and us. He will be our last child to go through this school and there will be a certain amount of “misty, water-colored memories” for me to deal with.
Speaking of memories, I actually started reminiscing about my own fourth grade experience and found this:
I remember wearing that purple dress with the ruffles for class pictures because it was my favorite dress that year. Obviously, I was not reading Glamour’s Dos and Don’ts yet. And the hair? Well, let’s just say that my decision to choose “the shag” was heavily influenced by Carol Brady.
See what I mean?
Fourth grade is tough. It’s part of the awkward years when you are trying to decide who you are and how to get there.
I obviously thought I was going to be asked to make a guest appearance on The Brady Bunch and that I would get there by wearing my favorite dress and imitating the hairstyle of my favorite TV mom.
Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and four years later, in 8th grade, I desserted Carol and jumped on the Toni Tennille hair style bandwagon.
Obviously, my awkward years lasted well past the 4th grade. But I did know all the words to “Love Will Keep Us Together” and “Muskrat Love.” That has to count for something.