As you may know by now, my son had his high school graduation yesterday. I never thought we'd get there on certain occasions!
He wasn't one to like schoolwork. Nor getting up in the morning or really, anything about school... it was a tough 12 yrs. for both of us! Me fighting with him to do the right things, him getting annoyed with me for trying all of the time.
But yesterday, something changed in my son. He told me he'd actually miss his school. I was surprised to hear that! He said to me, "not the schoolwork mom, but the people in it." He had formed a bond and memories that would last a lifetime. I was proud that I could give that to him. A sense of "belonging."
You see, he is the last graduating class that will ever walk through the halls of his school. They are closing at the end of June. The Archdiocese decided that enrollment was too low and they can't keep the school open any longer. Our Catholic schools are dwindling fast.
On the other hand.. who can afford them? The monthly payments were more than my mortgage! At times, I didn't know HOW we'd make it financially. But it was so important to me that he finish his 4 yrs. at North Catholic for Boys. And we BOTH made it. :-)
Seeing him walk down the aisle to receive that cherished diploma was one of the best moments of my life. I cried tears of joy, tears of fear of what lie ahead for him in life, tears, tears, tears altogether. My little boy has become a man and the pride I hold in my heart for him is unrivaled.
They grow so fast. He is my little boy in my heart and will be forever. Being a mom is the best gift I've ever received.
~Blessings my friends..... cherish the simple things. They are all around us!