Do you have someone graduating?

Group of Young Graduates Throwing Their Hats in the AirI am so excited, it’s May-graduation month for seniors in high school. There is a mixed bag of feelings bouncing around in the heads of the students, friends and parents–even siblings.

The students are excited, they are done with high school. Ready to move on, hopefully to college, but most definitely to a new beginning. Yet there may be some feelings of trepidation, after all they were so familiar with what they are leaving and have no clue what it will really be like where they are going.

And the parents? On one hand they are thrilled their child made it, they are graduating. They are excited for them, but on the other hand, their baby is leaving home. It’s going to be a different time for Mom and Dad. A part of them will be gone. Their child is on the threshold of adulthood and will be forging their own way in the world.

Friends, well they are excited too, and they know they are going to email, Facebook you, text and for sure see you back here. All with good intentions, but I imagine some of them know in their hearts this is going to be a goodby. They won’t see each other again. Oh, at first they will use the technology we have and keep in touch, but as the months move ahead, there will be less and less of that until eventually it stops. A few may stay in contact throughout the years, maybe if you are lucky.

Siblings? Well, can’t wait to get your bedroom, won’t be following in your shadow anymore. But little do they know Mom and Dad are going to have more time to make sure they study, not out to late, or texting, emailing and facebooking when they need to be asleep. In other words they will be getting a lot more attention because you, their buffer will  be gone. This could be good and helpful for your sib–but you know they won’t think so. But as the months pass by, they will find themselves missing you-especially the attention they received from you, even the mussing of the hair, and will be  wishing you would come home.

Well, this is the scenario that will play out this month all across the country for so many people. I hope all of them will spend  time with each other, taking lots of pictures, remembering fun times they’ve had and making new memories…and especially remembering how much they love each other.

How about you, do you have a senior graduating this month?

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About Susan Reichert

Editor-in-Chief of Southern Writers Magazine, a magazine for authors and people who love to read.We highlight and promote authors and their books. Married with four daughters. Live in the South. President of a Writers Group.
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