It’s Not All Mary Poppins


Today is Arthur’s last day. You can forgive me if this news is not unmixed with just a smidge of glee. Tomorrow is Katie’s last day. I will miss Katie and her cheerful good nature, but I will NOT miss her dad, so again, not an unmixed blessing. On Monday I start a new baby, little Ki-woon, who will only be with me for the summer. He seems a sweet child, and I’m looking forward to his start day on Tuesday.


Tomorrow is Darcy’s last day.

Please share with me a moment of silent mourning.

Oh, I will miss that boy! How I will miss him. No more sneaking grins of brilliant humour, belly laughs at things that pass the others by. No more dry putting-things-in-perspective comments. Who else will have his sturdy gentleness? Who else will be that oasis of calm in the midst of toddler storms? Even when Darcy cries, he does it gently. The boy’s graduation is going to leave a hole in the fabric of my days.


June 29, 2006 - Posted by | Darcy, daycare, the dark side


  1. Not Darcy!!!!! Anyone but Darcy!!!! (Except maybe George)

    Comment by MsSisyphus | June 29, 2006 | Reply

  2. Oh we’ll ALL miss Darcy. Even Arthur.

    I think that I would be a crying mess if I had your job. I am terrible at saying good byes.

    Comment by Sunshine Scribe | June 29, 2006 | Reply

  3. Oh, my goodness. I didn’t realize Darcy was leaving. I’m so sad! For you, but also for Darcy, because he is obviously very comfortable and happy with you. Oh, we’ll miss him so much!

    Comment by Kristen | June 29, 2006 | Reply

  4. I used to cry at the end of the school year when my “favorites” would leave. As the years went by I realized that I would still see them and I began to have the “don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out.” It is so hard to let someone go who you have had such fond memories of. Hopefully he will come visit!

    Comment by Momma to Ashley | June 29, 2006 | Reply





    That is so sad.

    Comment by Sassy Student | June 29, 2006 | Reply

  6. I’ll miss Darcy, too. Of course, this is coming from the lady who cried when she said goodbye to her first classroom of first graders.

    Comment by Cheryl | June 29, 2006 | Reply

  7. Oh. Not Darcy. He’s so awesome!

    Comment by Candace | June 29, 2006 | Reply

  8. Awww, we’re all going to miss Darcy! And Arthur and Mia too, of course.

    Have you already been able to fill the new slots? It was interesting to hear you mention in a previous post that you could have a whole batch of babies in the next round. In California, home day care providers may take care of six children, but I think only three of them can be under 2. I hope that another fun toddler joins you, for sanity’s sake!

    Comment by Lady M | June 29, 2006 | Reply

  9. Sorry to hear that! I hope that you meet another wonderful soul in your next group of little ones.

    Comment by abogada | June 29, 2006 | Reply

  10. Awww, what a shame! Hopefully, you’ll have another sweet boy like Darcy again

    Comment by Misfit Hausfrau | June 29, 2006 | Reply

  11. Oh….Oh….Oh dear, That makes me so sad. I’ve loved hearing about these little boys. My reaction to Arthur leaving was bummed because he such a good source of blog entertainment but Darcy… Oh, now I’ll go cry.

    Comment by twoboysmom | June 29, 2006 | Reply

  12. I didn’t know Darcy was leaving! That is so sad. He is such a great little guy. Will they stay in touch, do you think?

    Comment by kittenpie | June 29, 2006 | Reply

  13. At least I got to give the little sweetheart a hug goodbye. I will miss that wonderful boy. It positiviely tugs at my heart strings.

    And of course I didn’t mean Arthur.

    Comment by Haley | June 29, 2006 | Reply

  14. Darcy wouldn’t be Darcy without Arthur. Does that make sense? Maybe not.

    I’m trying to let everyone know that my blog is non functioning at the moment. The visible post is 8 days old. I can post and people can read via bloglines or the other feeders.

    Trying to fix it.

    Meantime Ray who got out of hospital two days ago is now back in.

    Comment by Granny | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  15. Oh…..we will ALL miss him…. and as Granny says, we will miss the accounts of Darcy/Arthur exchanges.

    Comment by L. | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  16. Aww…Why are they leaving? You’re not going to be taking care of them through the summer? Who will be with them?

    How sad. Poor poor Mary.

    Will that be two babies in the Mary P home now?
    And Miss Mia in her pink will be leaving???

    Whose going to be left? I feel like I’m sending my kids to camp or somethin here. I just don’t know about this Mary. I’m not so sure they can all go like this at one time….

    Comment by kimmyk | June 30, 2006 | Reply

  17. MsS: Darcy this week, George in August. Major transitions this summer. Sigh.

    Sunshine: I don’t cry readily. I’ve also been doing this for enough years that I’ve had lots of practice at the goodbyes. But I came closest to tears this week than any time in recent memory.

    Kristen: Darcy will spend the summer at home with his little sister and his teacher dad, as he’s spent every summer of his little life. In the fall, he’s off to Junior Kindergarten!

    Momma to Ashley: As I said above, I don’t cry readily. Nor am I very sentimental. But there are a few kids who truly snuggle into your heart in a way that others don’t, and for me, this is a child every two or three years, not one in each bunch. Darcy’s that child. I’d adopt him in a heartbeat, if he were free!

    Sassy: It is sad. Partings are just part of the job, and sometimes they are just something you do, a formality, but sometimes they’re truly sad. Sigh.

    Cheryl: Your first class sticks with you. I still remember mine – twenty-plus years later, and well over a decade since I’ve been in a classroom.

    Candace: Yup.

    LadyM: I’ve had two interviews. One was only part-time, so when she went elsewhere, I wasn’t too disappointed. The second, I’d love to have her sign on. We’ll see.

    Yes. Here, we’re allowed up to five kids, but the ages aren’t mandated. Daycare centres which offer home day-care will put restrictions on the ages, but that’s not in the Day Nurseries Act. If you have more than five, you need to be licensed.

    Because Mary, don’t you know, is (gasp) unlicensed. I often get upset reading in our media about “unlicensed care”, by which they always, always mean “substandard and inadequate”. Can’t tell you how this annoys…

    I’m sure my care is far inferior to the 20-year-old ECE grad with no children who started work at that big daycare centre down the street last week. Yes, indeed. Bah.

    Abogada, Misfit: Me, too, but as I said earlier the truly special ones only come along every couple of years. We’ll see! Baby Nigel is looking to be a mischievous little imp…

    twoboysmom: Yes, I haven’t had such good blog fodder since Thomas, who left last summer. He was a scream! I’m thinking that, given a few more months, Nigel might, just might, be the same kind of story-factory.

    And Darcy? We’ll wait and see when the next little Darcy appears.

    Kittenpie: I think so. They live only a few blocks away, and I really like his mother. His dad’s a nice enough fellow, too, but I click with his mom: she just radiates positive energy, and she’s so sensible about her children. Love her to bits.

    Haley: Poor ol’ bumbling Arthur… I was a bit taken by surprise. I thought Friday (today) was Darcy’s last day, but it was yesterday! Agh! I didn’t even have his gift wrapped! And it was so sudden! And now he’s gone… pout.

    Granny: They were quite the team, but since Arthur was a later addition to my crew, coming after I’d had Darcy with me for a year and a half, I see them quite independently.

    (Will reply to the rest in an email!)

    L: I know! Who will provide the blog fodder? There will be a lot less conversation for the next little while, that’s for sure! Nigel has about 20 or 30 words, but they don’t make sentences yet.

    Kimmyk: The boys are all of Junior Kindergarten age, so will be leaving me to become Part of the Machine. Appallingly young, isn’t it?

    Comment by Mary P. | June 30, 2006 | Reply

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