Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Last day of school....

Last day of school....

Seems so hard to believe that today was the last day of school. The VERY last day for Bradley. I can't believe his high school days are over. This morning before he left for school, I took a picture of him with a picture of his very first day of kindergarten.


We both pulled out of the driveway at the same time.

He went left.
I went right.

He drove off and kept going.
I stopped and watched.

As I watched him drive away in my rearview mirror, I realized I had the same emotions that I had on his very first day of school.

Tears filled my eyes. It seems like just yesterday when he got on that big yellow school bus so confidently and all smiles. And now here he is driving away, probably just as confident and all smiles. That same smile. Sure, he may say there are differences.

He's smarter.
He's wiser.
He's faster.
He's taller.

But to me it's the same.

I'm just as proud.
I'm just as nervous.
I'm just as excited.
I'm just as worried.

Have I done enough as his mom to prepare him for the world? Have I raised him to be independant and hard-working? Have I influenced him enough to be able to make good choices?

Then I realized that your whole like is about education. Just because his high school years are over, he will never quit learning. There's some truth in that old saying "you learn something new every day".

Today I learned that no matter what the age or grade, children fill your heart with love and happiness. And no matter what the age or grade, you will always worry about them. For that, I am forever grateful for all the experiences....no matter what age or grade!

I love you Mr. Bradley!




16 comments:

Yo Momma Lindsey said...

I saw this on Pinterest. It made me cry. Those kids sure steal your heart!!

Kimberly @ The Brown Eyes Have It said...

This is a great idea, and at the same time brings up a whole flood of emotions. I have 2 years until I'll be in the same position with my oldest and I'm just not ready for that. How come they have to grow up so fast?! :)

LAMom said...

Thank you so much for sharing. My oldest will be entering his senior year this fall and I am definitely going to dig out his first day of kindergarten photo and be ready for his last day of high school.

LAMom said...

Thank you so much for sharing. My oldest will be entering his senior year this fall and I am definitely going to dig out his first day of kindergarten photo and be ready for his last day of high school.

I said...

my son is only 4 but this had me in tears because I know I will be taking his senior photo in the blink of an eye. Bittersweet!

Mindy said...

Came over from Pinterest - this made me cry! So beautifully written. My oldest is finishing his last day of Kindergarten tomorrow and I want to cry - can't even imagine him graduating. Thank you for sharing!

Tina ~ Seaside Stitches said...

Christina, Thank you for posting this. I saw it on Pinterest, too, and posed my daughter on the porch this morning. I didn't tear up until I read your post.

http://www.seaside-stitches.blogspot.com/2012/06/proud-mama.html

Harley Mom said...

I love this idea. I hope I do this for all four as they graduate from High School. Thanks for the great idea.

Heather & Chris said...

This made me cry! I am a mom of 3 boys and my oldest is entering kindergarten this year. I know he will be a senior in no time!

Jenna Hatfield said...

I hopped over because we were both shared on the Babble piece. I can't imagine what my sons will look like on their last day of their senior years. Thanks for the idea. And the weepies.

Colleen said...

This is just beautiful. Thank you!

Colleen said...

This is just beautiful. Thank you.

Tasha Segura said...

This is beautiful! It also made me cry.I have 4 children one in high school and and the youngest 15 months.! Everything you said is soon true. I saw this on Pinterest too..,now I am always going to have them take their pictures like that on their last day.,time goes by to very fast..thanks for sharing your story :)

Tasha Segura said...

This is beautiful! It also made me cry.I have 4 children one in high school and and the youngest 15 months.! Everything you said is soon true. I saw this on Pinterest too..,now I am always going to have them take their pictures like that on their last day.,time goes by to very fast..thanks for sharing your story :)

Tasha Segura said...

This is beautiful! It also made me cry.I have 4 children one in high school and and the youngest 15 months.! Everything you said is soon true. I saw this on Pinterest too..,now I am always going to have them take their pictures like that on their last day.,time goes by to very fast..thanks for sharing your story :)

Cindy deRosier said...

This is incredible. My son is in 1st grade - I hope I can remember to do this in 11 years! Such a great idea.