My first-born son left the house a few moments ago. He had a spring in his step, a sparkle in his eyes, and a smile on his face: not typical characteristics possessed by him on a school day, but today is special.
Today is his last day of high school, ever.
As this weekend’s insanity of relatives and graduation festivities approaches, I find myself reflecting on my own high school graduation (so many, many years ago…). I remember how pretty I felt in my blue cap and gown. I spent the day hugging friends, giddily talking about how excited we were to be finished and able to move onward and upward. The possibilities for all of us were endless; on that day, the ceremony that is called “Commencement” finally felt less like the end of something and more like a new beginning. It was one of the biggest days of my life to that point, and I couldn’t even imagine how many bigger and more thrilling days were to come.
Though the details of that busy time are a little blurry and I no longer hold my graduation day up as one of the top five or ten major events in my life, it was truly something. It was a Start.
So this week, while a bit bittersweet because graduation means my “baby” is nearly a full-fledged adult, I’m focusing on the Sweet parts.
There’s a whole world out there waiting for him, full of possibilities and a bright future for the taking.
How lucky I am, to get to see him grab it.
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Beautiful Melisa. Hope you both enjoy all the moments.
I'm glad we're still a few weeks away. 🙂
YAY for him and for you!!!!!!!!
I was so happy to be done with High School and excited to get on with my life! What a great time!!!!!!
and because of you and Jim, he will do great! He's a wonderful kid and I know he'll succeed at whatever he chooses. 🙂
I remember that day fondly. He truly does have the world at his feet. I'm sure he'll take full advantage of it.
Congrats to him! I remember my last day of high school… probably one of the best days of my life at that point in time LOL… I was so excited to get out of there 🙂
Congratulations to the young man.
The world is a lucky place to have such a great young man come its way.
Congratulations…and a big hug to you!!
What a sweet post by a sweet mom.
I know this has to be tough for you! They grow up so fast!
Congrats to him! Hugs to you!
I'm so happy for him! Congratulations!
Hope you have some wonderful graduation memories in the next few days! xo
Oooh, last day! How exciting! And a little sad, but more exciting!
Good luck at all the activities this week!!!
I hope the graduation celebration is exciting, wonderful, and happy. This is such a great time for your son, and you can rest assured you and Dad is a fabulous job raising your son.
Congrats to you and your son. I am sure it is an exciting time. For me I was just happy to leave hickville for something better.
I am super excited for him! What an awesome day. I remember that feeling too. Hard to believe it was 8 years ago! Where has time gone?
I will give you ((((((hugs)))))) AND jump up and down cause I know you are feeling two different kinds of emotions right now!
Congratulations and I am also very, very excited for the both of you — happy, happy!!!
Awwww… Made me teary.
Congratulations to your eldest, you and your husband! This is definitely a major milestone in all of your lives. I hope you enjoy all the moments that will become fond memories.
You're tugging at my heartstrings here. I remember just a short year ago I was in your shoes. You've got to be feeling a million different feelings. Glad you decided to write this post. It was heartwarming.