It is always so weird when something you have imagined actually comes true. As usual, it was way better than the imagining, way more emotional, way more fulfilling and way more fun.
Yesterday, Jack graduated from high school. I truly don't know how that happened since my own memory of graduating from high school is so vivid: holding my dear friend's hand and saying,"I'm not ready to graduate. What can I do? How can I stop the train?" No luck. The train had already left the station and we were on it.
He walked across the stage and they said his name. We cheered wildly and with abandon. We cried at the valedictorian's address and his sincere thanks to his parents, specifically his dad who could not be there. We sadly remembered the parents who did not get to see this day and hugged and cried in relief with the parents who feared their child might not make it to this day. We watched Jack move through the throng of red robes, smiling and posing like a celebrity. We flashed back to our Christmas baby, our curious toddler, our artistic preschooler, our angel in the Christmas pageant, our soccer, basketball, baseball, karate and finally our volleyball playing kid, our Calvin and Hobbes fan, our tentative driver, our passionate homeless advocate and Rosebud Indian Reservation worker and our Relay for Life team captain. Here he was: Jack on the brink of something new saying goodbye to something he loved: high school.
|Proud grandparents, expert seat savers and the foundation for The Village :)|
At his side were his siblings, his parents, his grandparents and his uncle cheering him on, savoring the moment. Waiting at home were even more family members, cousins, godparents, dear friends (more like family than friends) and even that old faithful high school friend of mine. Waiting to celebrate, cheer and congratulate...waiting to share college stories, waiting to ask questions, give gifts and high five. They are The Village. The ones who are there in the darkest hours. The ones who bring coffee, dinners, friendship and hope in the trying times. The ones who phone you and text you. The ones who really care about your kid..who celebrate the victories and cry and worry or sigh along with you when it isn't working according to plan. They are the net and when we fall, they catch us.
|The cutest Trojan fans!|
To The Village: Thank You! Thank you with all of my heart for your love, support, kindness and celebration this week-end. You are the cherry on a really beautiful cake, full of whipped cream frosting and a whole lot of love baked eighteen years ago in a hospital room at Christmas time. I love you.