Graduation 007Graduation is tomorrow.

Everybody’s been asking me if I’m ready for the big day.


Well – the house is clean, the food is prepped, the invitations are sent, the cap and gown are pressed and we have several house projects completed in anticipation of the after-graduation party.

But am I ready?

Hmmm…good question.

Is it ever possible to be ready for major life changes? Was I ready when Matt was born? When we sat down at the kitchen table and started school? When he started driving?

Yet – at this point – after all the planning and preparations – I think I’m ready to just get it done and get back to normal.

But wait – that’s the problem isn’t it.

After tomorrow our “normal” will be different.

At the end of the summer there will be only be four students sitting around our table doing school.

My first-born will be out of the nest.

And it’s that thought – dear friends – that leaves me in a puddle.

When my sister Teresa graduated her oldest – she would burst into tears whenever anyone even said the word graduation.

I used to tease her about it.

Silly me.

I guess it’s my turn now.

Somebody please pass me the tissues – ready or not – here we go!

8 thoughts on “Graduation

  1. Melinda, Can I just tell you how comforting it is to know that SOMEBODY feels the things I feel? We are not at the graduation stage yet – but I am having difficulty working through this whole growing up process with my 2 teens. It is so stressful & emotional to me.

    Praying that all goes well for you! ~Sally


  2. This stage, by far, was the hardest for me as a mother…
    While the pride I felt for my daughter was huge…my broken heart over her growing up and me letting go was even bigger.
    I get tears in my eyes, still.
    It was the most difficult transition for me.
    And although it’s the goal we always work towards…there is no way to prepare ones heart for letting go.
    Thinking of you.


  3. If you have any extra tissues send them to Tennessee. My daughter graduates next weekend. Just reading your post made me tear up. Be strong!


  4. I will pray for you. I make fun of my sister when she complains about her oldest being at college, but I know I’ll get there, too, but it will be about 16 years for me!
    Have a fun weekend, and don’t worry about the new normal until after that! 🙂


  5. And yet it is so much fun to watch them fly and see where their wings carry them. The next chapter is every bit as much fun as the last. I promise. 🙂


  6. Oh, my heart feels for you. Once you have one kid graduate you join the mom club of graduates. We all understand and will even cry with you! Life after graduation is all about finding new normals. Things continue to change and while it is hard, it is also exciting to watch our kids find their way in the world. My heart always loves hearing how God is working in my kid’s lives!!


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