Yesterday was the first day of the new school year. It is inconceivable (yes, the word means what I think it means) that enough time can have passed that Kaelyn is in eighth grade. She reluctantly let me shoot a single picture of her as we were on our way into the quad to collect her schedule. It seems only yesterday that I was bringing her to her first day of kindergarten. This is her last year of middle school. Next year she will go off to high school in a different school district. It was the last first day we'll have at her current school.
Likewise, Karin started fifth grade. She will also change districts next year, and it was the first last day at her elementary school, a school I have come to love after eight years of attendance there. It's a strange blend of pride and melancholy.