Here we are, in March, and the milestones and "lasts" have begun to reflect a real sense of finality. She's enjoyed her last "First Day of School," her last Halloween at home, her last winter recital, and her last semester of school. She has begun counting down the days until she begins her senior experience - and she's having long discussions with friends about dresses for Senior Prom and whether or not there will be a limo? dinner? breakfast afterwards?
This evening she was notified of one very big "last" that will now be extra special. Her Irish Dance Coach has let her know that she will get to ride and dance on the float during the DC St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 12th! For the last nine years she has marched and danced down Constitution Avenue with great joy and pride. She has also watched the beautiful, talented dancers who get selected to show their Irish dance moves on the back of the official school flatbed truck, and she has hoped to be one of them someday. Well, she made it.
This will be the first of the "big" lasts. I wish I could slow down time.