A graduation makes you stop, look around, and see where you’ve come from and where you hope to go.

This week my youngest son finishes elementary school, my daughter finishes middle school, and my oldest son, a high school junior, will serve in the honor guard at graduation – a dry run for next year.

Like all transitions, bittersweet.

We leave behind good things we will miss. My youngest is already mourning recess, and I will miss the atmosphere of elementary school – the glue sticks and finger paints, the tiny chairs and apple decor.

But some things we leave behind gladly. Anyone want to return to the days of middle school insecurity or high school drama? Anyone? Anyone?

Transitions also can produce worries. The First Locker in middle school. Entering high school and knowing your grades really count now. College Applications. Will your friends leave you behind? Will you ever make new friends? Will you spend the next three years upside-down in a trash can?

But oh, the joy of a fresh start, a clean sheet of paper before you to fill as you will. The chance to improve yourself, to make deep friendships, and to take steps toward the future.

That’s what we celebrate – the joy, the hope, and the opportunity of a new start.

2 Responses to “Graduation”

  1. Lazy Writer

    I love this post! It appears you and I are at the same stage of motherhood. Only, I run kids to baseball and dance rather than soccer and karate. Thanks to the school district we’re in, my youngest, going into 6th grade, will still be in elementary school. I have to say, though, I’m kind of ready to be done with the school parties, for which I have dutifully volunteered for over ten years now. At the same time, I’m not quite ready for the transition! I’m thankful I have another year to prepare for it!

  2. Sarah Sundin

    That’s nice that your 6th grader gets to stay in elementary school – I think they’re too young for middle school. Our district does a good job “segregating” the 6th graders, but still. And I know how you feel about the parties. I’ve been a classroom volunteer for 12 years now, and I’m ready to move on. Lowpoints: gluing dead bees onto sticks for science projects, and helping 1st graders paint full-length portraits outside in a strong wind.