To my Son on Graduation Day, 2017

     When you started Pre-K, I was amazed to find out that they referred to you all as the Class of 2017. That seemed absurd, and such a long, long time away! Yet, here we are, and I’m in awe with all of the hours and days, and years that made this moment happen. 

     You are about to embark on college years that you will remember for the rest of your life. Life charges forward, and you’ll never go back. Treasure these moments today and onward. All your dreams of college will come true as you begin your life as an adult.

     I want you to know how grateful I am to be your mother. You are the best thing that has ever happened to me. I’m so proud of you, and you should stand proud as you walk across the stage to receive your well-earned diploma. I hope you will find down the road that your experiences at the school where your father and I, your aunts, and your grandmother attended have helped shape the person you become. You have been raised with an emphasis on mind, body, and character. I see these qualities in the man I know today. We are all works in progress, but you have a good foundation on which to build. Cherish the past as you embrace the future. 

     My wish for you is happiness. If you can make that your life’s mission, it will serve you well. Be confident in yourself and know that you can do anything. I know from your intense curiosity you will find ways to succeed in being a lifelong learner. This is where I continue to find happiness – challenge yourself!

     I leave you with the words you heard before bed every night growing up: You are the most precious boy (now a man) in the whole wide world, and I love you.  Congratulations on your graduation! I will miss you dearly. 

Love, Mom

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