Commencement season is always bittersweet and this year is no exception. What is really sweet right now is that the boys are home for the summer. Cole has spent the last 4 months in Clarion working at Fuel. He made some friends, learned independence, and is looking forward to heading back to college (Nebraska) in the fall. I’m really proud of him for taking responsibility, and he is maturing into such a fine young man. Grant and Hunter are both headed to the University of Iowa on scholarship. We are headed to another of many events honoring their accomplishments. Gracie, 24, is enjoying her dream job (planning major sports championships) and building her young life. We don’t get to see her as often as we wish.
I’m really proud of how our children have handled the death of their brother. I’ve been hurting so much over the past 14 months that it wasn’t until recently I’ve been able to comprehend how well they have done. They know they are there for each other, and now I know it too. It’s a beautiful sight to see. It is probably the best gift parents can have.
I told someone (with 3 small children at home) that the hardest part of being a parent is when they are grown up and gone. I told them to cherish the cheerios, and the diapers, and the fevers, and the snuggles. The bitter part is that someday a different season will come and those days will be gone.
Congratulations to all the parents of graduates! You’ve done the best you could with them. Keep loving them and supporting them. I will continue to pray for your kids and mine.
“Take your risks now. As you grow older, you become more fearful and less flexible…limit your ‘always’ and ‘nevers’. Continue to share your heart with people even if it has been broken.” -Amy Poehler -Harvard Commencement Speech