We were JUST holding their small little hands and walking our twins into Mr. LeRoux’s kindergarten class, I mean like yesterday! I just know it’s not possible that they are entering their senior year of high school this fall!
Of course my husband and I knew this time would come, it does for those parents who have been lucky enough to watch their kids grow. It’s like a rite of passage, for all us parents who are trying to hang onto (with a death grip of sorts) their kids youth. However, when the time is upon you, it sort of feels like a tidal wave. It’s anticipation, mixed with slight panic. The roller coaster ride of emotions runs the gamut of dread, joy, excitement, and fear of the unknown for your entire family.
It’s the beginning of the year of “lasts”. The last first day of school, the last homecoming, the last teacher conferences, the last sporting events, the last prom, well… you get the gist. And with every “last”, you as a parent start to feel the unwelcome pull, like that of a bandage being slowly ripped off. You heart is twisting with sadness.
So this year, as we prepare for our twins to complete their high school career, I have vowed to take advice from some veteran parent friends that have labored and lived thru the transition. We will take things light, and cherish this milestone year, even the day to day mundane activities, and I will try to trust their instincts more and start letting go of the wheel so to speak, remembering that this marks a very important chapter of their lives coming to a close. They will leave the only life they have ever known, family, friends, school and home. It’s big SCARY stuff!
Most of all though, I will enjoy my seniors. I will take every opportunity to say I love you, I am proud of you, and I believe in you, because with every fiber of my being I DO!
I firmly believe we owe our kids two things in this life: roots & wings…. I pray at the end of this crazy fast journey, I have given them just that. Now bring on the tissues, because I also to vow cry like a colicky baby.
How are you handling your kid’s senior year of school? Have your kids already graduated? Share your tips by leaving a comment below.