This morning I observed Jon in his Junior Kindergarten classroom. He has made huge progress over the last few months.
It amazes me to see how fast a child goes from being fully dependant on his parents to semi-independent in school. In a few short months Jon has learned to control a pencil in his hands, put on his shoes and jacket, and trace letters and numbers. He can sing the alphabet song, the days of the week, months of the year, and count numbers. He understands patterns, knows his colors, and can follow classroom direction. Wow, and it’s only November. Jon is growing up.
We’ve only had him for a year and seeing him grow so fast is bittersweet. I long for those early days before school and schedules. I’m not fully ready to let him go (and thankfully I don’t have to yet!) but, I also do not want him to remain a child forever. He needs to grow. He needs to learn. He needs to try new things and experience adventures. These are some of the experiences that will shape him into the man God desires him to be.
Part of me will miss the little boy who needs me to put on his shoes and help him get dressed. Another part is excited to see him growing up and reaching these milestones. I do want the day to come where Jon will put away childish things and be a strong man of God. It is my job to cheer him onward celebrating every victory and to encourage him in the ways of our Lord.
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me (I Corinthians 13:11).”