It's good that they are growing up and becoming more mature and moving on - that's what kids are supposed to do. But it's a bittersweet time for the parents. I walked away thinking that it won't be long before they are too "grown up" to hold hands when they walk to class together. The sweet innocence of the earliest of the primary school age years will fade away and their will be new adventures and challenges. Hopefully all of our children will always have a sweet friend to hold their hand along the way - figuratively if not literally.
(Picture taken of L and friend several months ago...)