My friends, it’s hard to even know where to begin. I’m not a fan of the ‘days are long but years are short’ philosophy of parenting. The years are long too. I barely remember having infants and preschoolers. Even middle school currently seems like a lifetime ago. And yet, when the band started playing and graduates started processing to their seats, it was damn near impossible to believe the moment had arrived.
Yes, the years have been long. The highs have been high, and the lows have often felt oh so low. Heartbreaks have been plentiful, but so have moments of pride and unspeakable joy. I don’t know how to express how grateful I am for the countless entities that got us to yesterday: extended family, teachers and administrators, school board members who have worked relentlessly on behalf of these kids, our faith community, neighbors, our incredible village of fellow parents, and who knows how many others I am forgetting.
For all who have been with us along any point of the journey, all I can really say is: THANK YOU. What a ride, can’t wait to see what’s next for these kids.