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Thursday, April 24, 2014

beautiful endings | little things Thursday ...

The end doesn't always have to be ugly as is evidenced by the remains from last week's bouquet of tulips.
I need to keep this in mind.  Perhaps I should write it 100 times on the chalkboard or better yet, post-it-notes.
My son (my baby) is one month from his high school graduation.  1 month!
whoa nelly! 
I know from experience that those four precious weeks will fly by with lightening speed and though my level of scattered braininess will be at an all time high it will only temporarily distract me from the impending reality that 'this is it'. In our conversation about how many days of actual class instruction he has remaining, he looked over and asked: "are you going to cry?"  quickly correcting himself "you're gonna cry, aren't you?"   "At my graduation, you're going to cry."  It was no longer a question.
Uh, Heck Yea. x10  x infinity
What's more,  it could get ugly - I'm not making any promises.
I was teetering on sniffles trying to run last minute errands for this weekend's Prom when it hit me just how much I'm going to miss this kid.   Our special hand shake created while waiting for his sister to get out of middle school when he was in 3rd grade.  Our inside jokes - mostly at the expense of his sister (that may, or may not have been said with the voice of Scooby Doo ... I'm pleading the 5th).   Gym buddy.  Camera buddy.  The kid who educated mom on what is cool (Aeropostale rue 21 Hollister PacSun Am.Eagle ...)
 So, so many memories - beautiful memories.

and yes, I understand that this is not "THE END" "THE END", but merely the conclusion of Act II. But I'm a mom and I earned the right to a few things when it comes to my babies; getting slightly over dramatic with the graduation of one is, I'm pretty darn sure, allowed under the terms and conditions of the Parent Plan.

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 Little by Little


  1. it is bittersweet to watch them grow.....

  2. Aw, so sweet. He is going to leave the nest and fly!

  3. It is going to be an adjustment.... but you know, I have found that your kid is always your kid! They go through growing stages, but each one of them is precious, and you are only finishing up the very first part. Much more to come, and some very nice surprises for you too.

  4. Oh, sigh.... I'm tearing up just reading about it... But you are right - it's only the end of this current chapter. More things to come!
    I love spent tulip blooms - that flower is simply beautiful in all phases.

  5. Not really an ending, but a new chapter.... =)

    Lovely captures of the tulip petals.

  6. This, was such a great post! I relate to it all, as I did this too last year with my daughter, and now I can't even believe that in about two weeks or less I'll be going to fill the van with all her stuff and her too and bringing them back for the summer. AND, I can't even believe that I did so good in the adjustment, I surprised even myself. Graduation isn't just about them finishing high school, it IS about a culmination of all our mom moments all wrapped into one and our right to sob if we want too! :)

  7. It is a bittersweet when our children reach important milestones. The good news is ... the next adventure usually turns out to be even better ... although different, to be sure. My big wrench was taking her to college. Oh! I never want to do that again. Just be calm and joyful ... and enjoy! It is an important achievement for him.

  8. Ugh, mama! So hard to end an era. I'm not there yet, but it just know it is going to sneak up like a burglar and rob me of these golden years. But, also I'm sure there are new joys to be found in the next stages. Just hard to see it right now. I feel you though. It's an unknown and change is hard. Even good change.

  9. Oh the emotions we Mom's go thru as our babies begin to fly from the nest. I have no advice as to how to "handle" the situation, just enjoy the moments as they come and look forward to other special moments in the future. And PS, your macros are stunning!!

  10. It's a special time to celebrate the good parenting that brought your son to this moment. Congrats to you and congrats to your son. You are graduating together. Job well done. xo Karen

  11. I hear you. It's hard to see them light out on their own. Our son Evan, who now has a decent job, is looking for apartments in the city where he's working so as to shorten his commute. While it isn't far from us, it is a long way emotionally. I want him to get his life started, but I don't want him to go. I know how you feel.

  12. Yep you go for it and enjoy every second of it!