This next week or so are the last days of this year’s playgroup.
I see that children move on in a natural way. They have families, cousins, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles, grandparents. For most of the kids, it is hard to know how they feel about this transition. Some of them feel and show their sadness; others probably don’t feel sad. But I think we all feel the end of something important. I know I do.
At this point, we all know each other very well. We have long ago accepted each other’s likes and dislikes. At this point, most of the kids are very involved with fantasy play as a group: “You are the mom, I am the baby,” etc.
It is always bittersweet for me. We’ve spent many hours together over the year. Kristen and I have had many conversations with each other about how, as individuals, they are progressing, what is important to each of them, and then together as a group. We’ve had many conversations with the kids about friendship and what it feels like to be teased or to be treated with respect. And “suddenly” it’s over.
I hope that they leave with an understanding of how I believe people should treat each other. That is the core of the playgroup. I love my work!!