Graduation Day

My youngest Son graduates today. After the ceremony, there's yardwork to do. We leave on vacation tomorrow morning and there's no other time available to do the work. Meh.

It's hard to believe he's going to be in college in the Fall.

It's hard to believe he belongs more to his girlfriend, in his heart, than he does to me.

I guess this feeling is as old as time. The young move on and away, establishing their own lives, manner of doing things and ways of relating to the world. Supplanting the old and seemingly staid with new and fresh and vigorous.

I guess it's just the way things are.



Jientje said...

Congratulations to your son, this is such a special moment in his life. You must be proud of him.

NicoleB said...

Awww, it must be great to see them grow up, even though it's tough at times.
Have a happy day today, all of you!

Anonymous said...

I think sometimes it isn't exactly their heart that belongs to the girlfriend ;-0. I also think some children are surprised at how much they do miss their parents once away at school. Friends of mine got very sweet letters & calls from their out of state offspring that they were really not expecting. My ex-bf's 20 year old son calls his Mom every day & one day said: Could you move here? ~Mary

Bama Cheryl said...

What's that old saying? You have given him roots and wings so now he will use them. He's not gone, just on to another adventure in his life just as you and Annie are. Congratulations to all of you!

Tara R. said...

I understand exactly how you feel. Young women can be as 'distracted' by BFs.

Congrats to your son on his graduation, and congrats to you and the missus for raising such a nice young man.

moneythoughts said...

Congrats to you and your son. We need ever child to graduate from high school we can get, and hopefully college as well.

You take it easy today and don't over do it. That yard will be there when you get back from vacation. Take care of yourself.

Have a safe and fun vacation.

Shadow said...

so spot on about the young ones moving on and away... a part of life i guess. have a happy holiday!!!

Eric S. said...

Congratulation, and job well done. I have the feeling, you will be missing him now. Your right, children grow up and move out. All we can do is hope we raised them well, and gave that solid foundation. It's up to them to start building the structure and shaping their life. I doubt you have anything to worry about.

Myst_72 said...

Congratulations to your son.

I do know how you're feeling Lou :)


Elizabeth said...

Congrats to all! Enjoy your trip Lou. :)

Joyce-Anne said...

Congratulations to your son! I imagine this time is bittersweet. But, you've done your job, now it's time for him to do his.

Have a great trip too.

Ree said...

Oh Lou. It's their way of telling us that we did good, raised them right, and they're ready to move on. It doesn't mean there's not still a tie right back to us.

Did you bring tissues? I bought a new purse so I can fit an entire fucking Kleenex box in mine tomorrow.


Indigo said...

He's still young hon, make no mistake he knows where he's loved and wanted. His ability to move on with his life is a testament of the love he had growing up. You gave him the wind beneath his wings. (Hugs)Indigo

Employee No. 3699 said...

Congrats to your son. You and Annie done good!

Have a wonderful time on vacation and take pictures. Lots and lots of pictures to share with us.

MommyTime said...

Congratulations to your son! What a wonderful day. I can't imagine how hard it must be as a parent to see them all leaving the nest, but still, there must be a part of you that is so proud and happy too. I hope you have a wonderful vacation.

OHmommy said...

A happy graduation to your son!

Enjoy your vacation and this time before he leaves, with him.

Loraine said...

sounds a bit familiar- my kids aren't all grown yet but with my oldest graduated, working, and engaged... yeah, I can say I relate.

Hyphen Mama said...

I swear to gawd that I pine for those days when my screaming kids will be heading off to college. And yet, I know I will be so sad to see them go. The quiet. What would I possibly do with quiet?

Good luck #3!!

LceeL said...

Jientje: Yes, Jientje, I am very proud of my boy.

NicoleB: Thank you, Nicole.

FrankandMary: He's is trying, very hard, to establish his independence. BUt I know he loves me.

Bama Cheryl: Thank you, Bama. You're a darlin'.

Tara R: Thank you, Tara. He IS a good kid.

Moneythoughts: Thank you, Fred.

Shadow: Thank you, Shadow. We will.

Eric S: Thanks, Eric. He's a good kid - that's all I can ask, I guess.

Myst_72: Thank you, Gina. You're sweet.

Elizabeth: Thank you, Elizabeth. We will have a good trip.

Joyce-Anne: We will have a great trip - and yes, this is a bittersweet time, for sure.

Ree: Oh, Ree. I don't think I could stand to see you cry.

Indigo: You are always, always, always, the kindest and most supportive person.

Employee: Yup. Lots and lots of pictures.

Mommytime: Yes, I AM proud .. and happy.

OHmommy: Yes, OHmommy, we will enjoy this vacation, especially.

Loraine: I know you can, Loraine. You are a sweetheart.

twistedknickers said...

Why is it when they leave home and you can finally hang around naked in the house, you no longer want to?
Congratulations, graduate!

carrie said...

it's a good thing.

Momisodes said...

Congratulations to your son!

So sorry I'm here late. I hope by now that you are all enjoying your time together on vacation.