Thursday, February 28, 2008

Big Doings

How exciting! The teenager received his graduation announcements today! Hurray! I can still remember how special I felt when I finally received mine. To me, anything in print makes it official. It made me feel that graduation was within reach, just a little bit longer and high school would be behind me. Not that I didn't like school. I was just ready to move out into the real world. I was never the social butterfly and I knew I would stay close to those special friends I had; so to say I was ready for it to be over was an understatement. I think the teenager is a lot like me in that respect. Now that he has been accepted and is enrolled at UT for the fall, he is breathing a small sigh of relief and is ready to move on. He has a busy time ahead of him. Just after graduation, he is heading to Europe for a week with friends. When he returns, we all have an orientation at the University. The following weekend he heads to New York City for an internship for a month. After that, he finishes his job at the local grocers and hopefully gets it transferred to a store close to the University. Then it's time to move on to college. He has already chosen his roomate (a friend at school) and they have chosen the dorms they will be staying in. What an exciting time in his life. I am so happy for him. (Caps and gowns come in tomorrow. Pinch me.)

Our excitement doesn't end there. As we are graduating one child from high school, our youngest is entering. I think the hub and I did a great job in spreading the two apart just enough to keep our lives full and content. Tonight, we had to go to the high school the teenager is graduating from and sit through an orientation for the kid to enter. Boy, how different the two are. I have totally different fears as the kid enters than when our oldest did. One is a book worm and devours every type of reading material he can put his hands on while the other despises reading and is a more visual sort, able to tell you (or show you) on a map where any city, county or state is--or country or body of water, etc. One is more of a social sort while the other is a total introvert, much as I am. I just adore them both; and it is amazing to watch them grow into men. Sniffle. I have enjoyed each chapter in their lives and look forward to the new ones opening ahead.

I know the next few years will be some of the most memorable they will have. I am so excited for them both and I couldn't be prouder.

7 comments:

Beth said...

Oh, this is going to be an exciting spring for you. I remember when Kyle graduated in
"03". I know you are so proud of the teen, he sounds like he is going to have a very busy summer and then fall.
And now you will have to call him the "man" and the "kid" will become the "teen", lol.
I Looked for you last night on AIM but now I know were you were. I will e-mail you today and look for you tonight. Have a great one!!!
xoxooxoxoxoxoxoxo

Janet said...

You are indeed a proud mama and rightfully so. Raising two wonderful young men is no easy task and it sounds as if you did a great job. I wish them both good luck on their new journeys. And for you a big (((hug))) for being such a good mom.

Lisa S. Oceandreamer said...

2 rites of passage...new 2 paths. From all sounds of it you have a couple of pretty terrific guys there. But then look who their Mom is!
Funny, I don't picture you be introverted one bit!
XOXOXO

robinbird said...

this will surely be one of those entries that are of interest to your sons when they look back and read the mother's 'journals'. such momentous twin occasions!

Vallen said...

Just hug 'em, that's what I say. Just hug 'em tight.

Jeanie said...

This is so exciting! Congratulations! I am glad you still have one left in high school (or almost!). We've felt like real empty-nesters with both boys away, and while it is the way things are, a rite of passage, and I don't have to sit on rainy bleachers in late October or early November for football (or stand up for lacrosse), I sort of miss that!

Shop girl said...

A time of change...my oldest Graddaughter is in her last year of high school. She can hardly wait to be off to college. Enjoy every minute, I know that you will.
Memories are the gift!
Mary

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