I have been an emotional wreck so far this week. It's only Tuesday. My oldest is graduating from high school next month and it is hitting me even harder than I thought it would. I say next month, but an email I got saying it was only 24 days makes it seem much shorter. Time goes so, so fast. I know I am not the only parent who feels like this when a major chapter in their child's life is closing. She is a beautiful, sweet, smart girl and I couldn't be more proud of her. She is doing everything I would choose for her, but yet it is still hard to see such a change coming.
She isn't going away to college, but things are just going to be different. I took her and her brothers on vacation Spring Break because I realized this is the last year we would all be on the same break. Things aren't going to be drastically different, but I know it is just the beginning. I am sure one day she will want to get married. My basement would make a great first place to live, but I doubt a future husband would go for that!
I think all the changes are making me realize that in 5 short years, all my babies will be out of high school. The last 18 years have gone by so fast that 5 years will probably seem like 5 minutes. One of the more comforting things about her graduation is the fact that she is not only graduating from the same high school as me and her grandparents (she is the fourth generation to attend this high school---that never happens anymore) but she is also graduating with the kids of friends of mine from high school. Well, it is comforting but makes it a little more special and emotional at the same time. I have been talking to my high school friends in the last few days and it does help to share such a time with people who know you so well.
We have had to get pictures together for some of the year end and graduation events. My sister in law posted this one on facebook. It is me and Sydney at my college graduation. It seems like yesterday and the thing I remember most about that day is her running around with my cap on. It was way too big. Who knew she would fill it so fast.