Many children leaving the nest
There were changes in some families recently. Many of our "babies" have left the nest. It was just yesterday when they were starting the first day of kindergarten and we all had our cameras ready to take a picture of our little sweethearts with that perfect five-pocket bookbag and lunchbox. Now, we are sending them off with not only food, but also computers, printers, and sheets that will probably be washed very little throughout the year.
Although this is hard for us to empty our nests, please remember this is what we have wanted for our children since the day they were born. We want them to continue their education and become successful in life. I know they will be going in all different directions but will still remain friends and have a reunion at some point. USC, CU, PC, CofC, and others are great schools, but the grass is greener in Columbia! Go 'Cocks! (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)
I am sure that you will agree with me that grandmamas, papas, teachers, neighbors, doctors and church families have greatly contributed to our children's accomplishments. Thank goodness they accepted our children whether they tracked mud on the floor or said their prayers. I would like to thank everyone for helping Barry, my husband, and me contribute such positive experiences in our child's life as he starts a new chapter.
To the graduates, I wish you all the best. Please remember your parents and all the people who have influenced your lives. Remember what they taught you and use it every day. Find a friend to go to church with at college and hold on to what you have learned in Sunday school.
Parents, be happy for all of our graduates, their accomplishments, and their new adventures. I am sure there will be tears of happiness and sadness, but let's remember that we are still a big part of their lives!