It’s May, a month of sunshine and flowers and birds, and also a month of endings and beginnings.
Daughter Madeline had two rites of passage this weekend. Yesterday at church we had the May crowning, as we always do on Mother’s Day. May is a month when Catholics remember and honor Mary, the mother of Jesus, in a special way. It’s customary to have the children process with flowers to place before a statue of Mary, and then one of the older girls (usually one who is a senior in high school) places a circlet of flowers on the head of the statue. This year my daughter was the one to do it. It’s a lovely thing, to see all the little ones march in with their flowers, and I was proud to see my daughter place the flowers on the statue. She’d watched the older girls do it over the years and was excited to take her turn.
She also had her last piano recital. She played the original version of Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” and did a beautiful job. Her piano teacher always honors graduating seniors with a talk called “This is your piano life” and it is always fun to hear what she has to say. She really gets to know her student and it’s obvious that she really enjoys her job. I liked hearing what she had to say about Madeline, it’s good as a parent to hear another person’s perspective.
So, I think she has 3 more weeks of her class at the public school, and that will be done. More changes are coming in her life, but she is ready for them and it’s a beautiful thing.