It’s graduation season at the Pleiter house. Back when we were planning our family, we thought ourselves oh-so-clever to have our two children four years apart (that was back when we were young and foolish enough to think one can plan such things…). I remember thinking how nice it would be to get to tackle one college tuition at a time.
It’s worked out that way…sort of.
|Mandy & I hamming it up at her high school graduation|
I didn’t foresee having to graduate both children—one from college and one from high school—within weeks of each other in different parts of the country. I didn’t foresee double sets of announcements, celebrations, gifts, and logistics. We didn’t realize the final year’s tuition payment for one child would still fall in the same year as the first year’s tuition payment for the second child—ouch!
That’s parenthood—you never see most of it coming.
With all the hassles, I am still deeply grateful and aware that these are happy days. My children have accomplished great things—some of them under very difficult circumstances. I am full of wonder at launching them into their new lives. And, quite frankly, I’m pretty excited at the prospect of regular visits to Charleston, South Carolina and Austin, Texas—in winter, that is. Unloading my son into a Texas dorm room in August? Not so much.
Benchmarks are worth celebrating. These are watersheds in my children’s lives, and I’m happy for them. They are becoming the most amazing people right in front of me. So far, I have no fear of the empty nest—but I realize I may eat those words.
What about you? How many of you are launching children into new seasons of their lives? Graduations, marriages, new jobs? Let’s celebrate together!