Thursday, June 23, 2011

I swear I just blinked...

I was just a few weeks shy of turning twenty-one when he was born.
At the time, it was hard enough to imagine being the mother of a baby boy, or a toddler, 
and the teen years were too frightening to even contemplate,
But I'm sure I never even thought to imagine or dream of his high school graduation.

I never imagined him dressed like a grape (or maybe a wizard) in his graduation gown.

Or considered watching him rush off to get to the staging area on time.

I never pictured myself sitting high in the stands 
scanning the rows trying to find my child in a sea of purple and white.

But the moment I saw him and he saw me,
well... there was no doubt that I had found my kid.


Because, I had never spent time imagining this day,
(and because my personal graduation experience was soooo much different than this)
I didn't know how I would feel.

Would I get all emotional and cry?
I'm not usually a sappy, teary kind of person.

I can't deny the fact that there was a little lump in my throat 
and maybe a little extra moisture in my eyes
as I watched him walk down the aisle to the strains of  "Pomp and Circumstance."

And I have been proud of him since the day he was born,
so when I watched him walk across the stage to accept his diploma,
the feeling I felt was quite familiar.

I am SO proud and SO pleased to see the man that he is becoming.

But I also love the glimpses of the little boy he once was.

Love you, Kevin.
You make us proud.


Brooke said...

How exciting! How proud you must be :D He looks dashing in his cap and gown.... a little wizardy, maybe, but dashing none-the-less! Congrats all around.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Congrats! That is so exciting. You wrote the post well. I got a little lump in my throat just thinking about it.

Susan said...

Congratulations on a job well done! Great pictures too! I love that they used purple for the guys and white for the gals, it made for some stunning shots.

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

Oh how very exciting! Congrats to him!!!!!! You have so much to be proud of!!!!!!

Grammie/Mom said...

You wrote this so beautifully! It's amazing how time flew and now here he is...starting a new chapter in his life! We're so proud! Congratulations Kevin!!!

Stacia said...

Oh, how sweet is this? Big congrats to your son ... and you, Mama! =>

Linda R. said...

Congrats.. Such great shot to remember this special day!!

deb duty said...

Oh wow. These are wonderful photos of your son's graduation. I know I have a lump in my throat now after seeing these and thinking my boy will be there in 3 short years.

TheDayleigh said...

Congratulations! awesome photos of such a memorable day!

AlyGatr said...

I'm getting all weepy just reading it! Can I say, he makes one handsome grape. Or a Hufflepuff (they had purple in their banner, didn't they?) His school colors are the same as my brother and sister's HS. Not that it's important, but it was the first thing I thought when I saw the colors of the gowns :)

Leslie said...

oh my goodness...this post is so perfect. i love all the pictures you got of him. how did you two ever find one another that far away!!! said...

Congratulations to your son Colleen!

Michelle said...

Total sweetness.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I was under the pavilion as well at Mumford and I was HOT!

I shot a few videos if you're interested. I posted them on You Tube.


Winn (aka Koreen) said...

Awwww! Congratulations! To you both! ;)

T.J. said...

Look at you Colleen, a touching emotional post and so well written- you'd better watch- as your readers, now that we see another talent of yours, we might just demand another post like this down the line ;)

All I could think of while reading this was what a good boy he was, making plenty of eye contact with his Mama!

hiswife518 said...

Wow, mama! It's amazing how fast it all goes. :( I wish him well as he embarks on his own path!