Thursday, June 3, 2010

Oh The Places You'll Go


Yesterday was a momentous occasion for our family...our son Bugs graduated from High School!  


I thought this picture (even though it's blurry) was appropriate for how I feel about my youngest heading off into the big wide world!  It seems impossible to me that the past 18 years could have literally whizzed by before our very eyes, and that he will be off to college next fall!



Last night the auditorium was awash in a sea of blue and white in honor of his school's colors.  The boys wore blue caps and gowns and the girls wore white.



As I listened to the students, faculty, and superintendent's speeches, the theme over and over again was to go forth and succeed in whatever you choose to do in life!  And I kept thinking about the Dr. Seuss book we had purchased to give to our son as a gift.  In a way that only Dr. Seuss can, it explains that life will be filled with ups and downs, but in the end you will succeed!



And as I watched him shake hands with the superintendent of schools, walk off the stage with his diploma in hand, and sit back down I was proud of the man he has become!  I was proud of the goals he has achieved, the high expectations he has for himself, the lofty goals he continues to set for himself, and the bright future he has ahead of him!  

And I had a sudden urge to impart all sorts of wisdom and advice for how to live a full life.  How to take chances and try new things.  How to reach for the stars but not be crushed if you don't make it to every one!  How to always remember who you are and to be true to yourself!  And in a moment I realized that he already knew those things, both of my children do, and they both make me more proud than I ever could have hoped for or dreamed of!



And just when you think they are all grown up, they do this!  And remind you that they still are your silly kids at heart!  I hope he will never lose the joy that can be found each and every day!

Oh The Places "He" Will Go!!!

24 comments:

  1. GULP...I am trying very hard not to cry. Too late. Everything that you said is so true, right down to the part about being silly kids and hanging on to that joy.

    Congratulations to your son. I know you and your husband are very proud of him.

    Love,
    Rene

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  2. Congratulations to your lovely boy. Life does whiz by with doesn't it. So exciting though to see them reach this milestone and become adults.

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  3. With you as his mother, I don't think he'll forget. And he'll go off into the world with the wings you gave him.
    Brenda

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  4. Congrats to Bugs. It's such a bittersweet time isn't it? So much to be proud of, yet so many directions life will take him.

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  5. You must be so proud of your gorgeous baby boy! Well done Bugs! And Good Luck xx
    ~Sam x

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  6. Beautiful post today, Kat. Especially loved your references to that book. And that last photo!
    Congratulations to your handsome son. Here's to the next phase of your lives!

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  7. Wonderful post and congratulations to your handsome son! What a great time in his life and so much life ahead of him too, awesome!

    Nancy

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  8. CONGRATS!!! You summed up how everyone feels about graduations perfectly. You must be so proud!!

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  9. It's so hard to let them go, but of course, we must. I know your heart is full of love for your handsome son and I would say that because of you, he will reach for the stars!

    hugs,
    Sissie

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  10. Congratulations to Bugs! It's such an emotional and nostalgic time! So much of life's possibilities ahead!!

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  11. Congratulations to all of you! Having been through this a number of times (my own children and the step children) I know how proud you must be.

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  12. A huge congratulations to him,and a huge HUG to you. Having sat in the Mommy seat myself less than a week ago, I completely relate to your feelings.

    Oh the places they will go!

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  13. What a beautiful post! How proud you must be of your handsome son! Congratulations to Bugs and all the best for his future ventures! Have a lovely weekend! xx

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  14. Kat, congratulations. I know you are very proud. Is he the last one to graduate from high school?

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  15. Congratulations! What a wonderful post!

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  16. Love that last picture.

    And the book is a right of passage, I believe.

    Congratulations and good luck to your son!

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  17. Congratulations to your Bugs on his graduation Kat! A big day for you all! Love that last pic:) Hope you have a fabulous weekend ~ Tina x

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  18. What a wonderful post and the pictures are fabulous. These are special times and you have captured them beautifully. Congrats to you and that fine boy~~~

    Vicki

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  19. I wish your dear son a very bright and happy future!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  20. Aww, congratulations!
    My middle son is graduating HS in two weeks, I can hardly believe it! Conversely, my youngest will be starting kindergarten in the fall...what was I thinking? lol

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  21. Oh my how 18 years passes so quickly and you're right about the blurred image you captured, it definitely fits. Congrats to Bugs and his proud Mom and Dad! ~Lili

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  22. Congratulations!
    Those are wonderful, perfect moments in time.
    Your photographs captured that!

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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  23. I feel like the first commentor....GULP!

    Congrats to your son and I have two more years before I have to have all of these feelings.

    You should be proud!

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  24. Congratulations to Bugs! And to you all. You should be proud, you raised a fine young man. Your pictures kind of made me tear up!
    Have a great weekend Kat!

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