In May of 1999, 23 little boys and girls were part of Mrs. Wahnquist’s kindergarten class at Long Lots.
Someone painted a mural of them, on the wall outside the gym.
Thirteen years later, those boys and girls are much bigger. Most of them probably tower over Mrs. Wahnquist.
They’ve traveled from elementary school into middle school, then all the way through high school.
Many of those former kindergarteners are still in town.
In less than 2 weeks they graduate from Staples. Then off they go, into the wide world beyond Westport.
Next fall — right on schedule — a new crop of 5-year-olds will enter Long Lots.
They’ll begin their long, exciting, wondrous journey to the Class of 2025.
And every day they’ll pass the mural of Mrs. Wahnquist’s kindergarten class of 1999 — folks so old they were born when Bill Clinton was president.
You know — way back in the last century.