An Open Letter To My Graduating Senior {Thoughtful Thursday}

Hey there friends! Well, here we are again. Preparing for another high school graduation. It seems like yesterday that we just did this, but in reality it was two years ago!! Time moves so quickly these days, that I feel I must pay close attention or it will all become a blur. 
There is something that happens to us mamas when are babies are about to leave the nest. It’s odd, and hard to explain, but it’s real. It happened two years ago and it’s happening again. 


So, I am writing this letter to my graduate to try to make some sense of this strange phenomenon.
My Dear Graduate,
The days are growing near for your high school days to be completed. The next couple of months are going to be filled with fun and celebration. I’m so proud of the person you are becoming, and am so excited for the journey you are about to embark on. 
However, my emotions are all jumbled up. And some days I don’t feel so excited. 
Some days I will be hard. Raising the bar, picking on you for all the little things you need to do better. When I get this way, just know that I am so proud of you. I’m just trying to make sure you know all the things you need to know before you leave.
Some days I will be sad. Memories of you over the past 18 years flood my mind often. The thought of you being away from home for 9+ months out of the year is not appealing to me. When I get this way, remember I’m excited but I’m going to miss you.
Some days I will stare at you a little longer. Don’t be weirded out by this. I haven’t lost my mind. I am studying you. Imprinting your very being into my brain to make sure I don’t forget a single detail about you.
Some days I will need an extra hug or two. After all, I need to stock up. When I get extra clingy, please don’t be annoyed by me. Just know that I love you…and hug me back.
Some days I will retreat. I’m not mad. You didn’t do anything wrong. Yes I love you and I love spending time with you. But, some days the emotions are all just too overwhelming and I need to be by myself for a while to process…or maybe to cry a few tears. 
This transition time is difficult for both of us. But, it is good. God has a plan, and He is working it out in you. And He is working it out in me. 

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