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My Son’s High School Graduation

by Sue Hubbard, M.D.

Senior year is such an exciting time for both students and parents. It is the long culmination of many years of hard work and perseverance by both student and parent. It seems like it was only yesterday that the new lunch box (Power Ranger) was purchased and pants and shirt were laid out for the first day of kindergarten, and each year the same first day of school picture was taken on the same front porch. Looking at those pictures the most noticeable change besides height and weight is the SMILE, going from “I am so excited and proud to start school” to the look of “hurry up and take that picture” and irritationfrom the teenage student, that this ritual must continue. Every parent has weathered evenings of tears over homework, spelling tests and math facts, science fair projects and late night runs for some obscure book that your student has to have before morning. I think Kinko’s became a successful 24 hour business by catering to the many students and parents who found themselves there after procrastinating about a long term project that somehow always ends up being completed at the final hour!! Oh well, at least it was completed.

Despite all of this,the college application process is thankfully over, the schools have been chosen (again after long nights of discussions and some tears), the prom is upon us and before you know it the seniors will be walking across the stage to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance. At graduation it will be the parent (me) who will have the tears while the students joyfully smile for those pictures (can you say, “come full circle”) and throw their mortarboards in the air. Then suddenly the stress of those 12 years of work is over and a whole new era will be about to begin in the Fall.

Spend this time of year with your senior making family memories, congratulating them on their accomplishments (don’t think about those blips along the way), and relaxing without early morning school days, carpools, busses, and after school events. In reality, the days and nights seem endless but the years go flying by. Maybe too quickly!

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