I treasure my time watching my two children grow up. As I write this it’s only a few weeks away from my son’s graduation from high school. It’s a real milestone for any parent. I’ll be honest: the prospect of getting older and having my children all grown up sometimes scares the heck out of me! I’ll go back and look at old family photos; the three of us have had quite a journey so far. Their first days of school; soccer games; Christmas concerts, fit in the delicacies of a divorce, and now the first graduation – 18 years of bliss!
People say “how time flies,” but I have to disagree. I remember those long summers as a kid where it felt like the days never ended; staying out from sunrise to sunset, soaking in every possible second of daylight and making the most of my free time. That’s how I feel my time has been with my children so far – sure there are days that have been on fast-forward, but for the most part I’ve tried to savour every moment with them.
As a parent the ability to be there for all those major milestones has been exciting, but this particular one for my son has me a bit anxious and teary-eyed. I’m so proud of him and will always be his biggest cheerleader, clapping and “woo-hooing” the loudest in the stands, with tears of pride, happiness and absolute love for him during his special day. He’ll never be alone in his journey in life; I’ll be the voice in his head and his heart … he will always and forever be my little boy. Go get em’ Lucas!
Congratulations to all of this year’s Grads – what an accomplishment. You’re the future of our community; we’ll be watching to see what you end up doing and who you all become.