Graduation is important-even to a 5-year-old

When you’re 5, you have your whole world in front of you. You can grow up to be anything you want; a housekeeper (to keep the house safe), a princess ballerina, a ninja, or even a Transformer if you really put your mind to it.

My granddaughter Isabelle wants to be a vet. She already has a love for animals that began, I’m sure, at birth. Pigs, giraffes and kitties have always been a part of her menagerie of stuffed animals, along with a random puppy or two.

Isabelle Coutentos, Class of 2024

Isabelle graduated from Rainbow Kids this morning, and they did it in style, complete with gowns and tassels. Some people may think that it was a bit extreme for 5-year-olds, but I don’t think so. Giving something for children to be proud of could have an impact on how they look at  education, or their lives, for that matter. It could take them to places they never imagined possible.

When the little graduates were handed their diplomas, all of them smiled broadly for their fans, holding their accomplishment out in front them for all to see.

It reminded me that we should make a big deal out of little things. When you’re little, everything is new and exciting, and making a big deal out of an ordinary day makes for lasting memories.

And that would make all the difference in the world.

(To see Isabelle’s graduation  video, click here:


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