this is my absolute favorite image of my son, nikhil (or niko). he is almost 6, a lover of maps and world cultures, an avid reader/information seeker and a sensitive soul. he finished kindergarten yesterday. i can't believe the year is already over. where did the time go? can he (or me) be ready for 1st grade in the fall? there are the days when you want to fast forward and get to the stage when the kids are in school full time. then, i say i'll finally have time for myself. but as i watched niko leave his kinder classroom for the last time, i just wanted to freeze him and keep him at this wonderful, tender age. i mean how much longer is he going to think mom's cool and WANT to hang out with me?