Carmen presenting me with a gift and card
And so begins a series of "lasts" for the girls and me. On Thursday last week they had their last day at Rainbow childcare. This was a momentous event, reminding me of how I knocked on their door before they had even opened, saying, "Please help! I have three girls under three!" They have attended one day a week ever since, which served not only as a sanity break for me but gave me the opportunity to plan and oversee the build of our house.
This morning we enjoyed our last session at Inglewood Playcentre. As Carmen pointed out, we have been involved with Playcentre off and on for nine years, since Sam was a little tacker. I rediscovered my love for Playcentre again when I rocked up with the girls, again saying, "Please help! I have three girls under three!" I will be forever grateful for the support and encouragement I received from the kind and wonderful people at the centre. I hope they have enjoyed watching my girls blossom into the confident, cheeky, independent, creative girls that they are today. The highlight for me has been seeing their creativity grow, especially in their paintings. I have enjoyed observing the progression from dabbing the paint onto the paper, to brushing all over with different colours, to more recently, creating stories and symbols on the paper with their brushes.
The occassion was marked for Abigail and Violet by a presentation of their portfolios as well as a cake and party at morning tea. I was truly humbled by the presentation of a card and gift for me--I wanted to protest that I've been a taker much more than I've been a giver at Playcentre. But then when I look at the beautiful bowl I am reminded of the children's paintings and their time at Playcentre. It will be forever treasured. Thanks for the special times, Inglewood Playcentre.