Last Day.

My first-born son left the house a few moments ago. He had a spring in his step, a sparkle in his eyes, and a smile on his face: not typical characteristics possessed by him on a school day, but today is special.

Today is his last day of high school, ever.


As this weekend’s insanity of relatives and graduation festivities approaches, I find myself reflecting on my own high school graduation (so many, many years ago…). I remember how pretty I felt in my blue cap and gown. I spent the day hugging friends, giddily talking about how excited we were to be finished and able to move onward and upward. The possibilities for all of us were endless; on that day, the ceremony that is called “Commencement” finally felt less like the end of something and more like a new beginning. It was one of the biggest days of my life to that point, and I couldn’t even imagine how many bigger and more thrilling days were to come.

Though the details of that busy time are a little blurry and I no longer hold my graduation day up as one of the top five or ten major events in my life, it was truly something. It was a Start.

So this week, while a bit bittersweet because graduation means my “baby” is nearly a full-fledged adult, I’m focusing on the Sweet parts.

There’s a whole world out there waiting for him, full of possibilities and a bright future for the taking.

How lucky I am, to get to see him grab it.


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  • Mom24

    Beautiful Melisa. Hope you both enjoy all the moments.

    I'm glad we're still a few weeks away. 🙂

  • WeaselMomma

    YAY for him and for you!!!!!!!!
    I was so happy to be done with High School and excited to get on with my life! What a great time!!!!!!

  • Dawn

    and because of you and Jim, he will do great! He's a wonderful kid and I know he'll succeed at whatever he chooses. 🙂

  • NukeDad

    I remember that day fondly. He truly does have the world at his feet. I'm sure he'll take full advantage of it.

  • Katie

    Congrats to him! I remember my last day of high school… probably one of the best days of my life at that point in time LOL… I was so excited to get out of there 🙂

  • Mags

    The world is a lucky place to have such a great young man come its way.

    Congratulations…and a big hug to you!!

  • nycgirl0501

    I'm so happy for him! Congratulations!

    Hope you have some wonderful graduation memories in the next few days! xo

  • As Cape Cod Turns

    Oooh, last day! How exciting! And a little sad, but more exciting!
    Good luck at all the activities this week!!!

  • Tara R.

    I hope the graduation celebration is exciting, wonderful, and happy. This is such a great time for your son, and you can rest assured you and Dad is a fabulous job raising your son.

  • Otter Thomas

    Congrats to you and your son. I am sure it is an exciting time. For me I was just happy to leave hickville for something better.

  • Heather

    I am super excited for him! What an awesome day. I remember that feeling too. Hard to believe it was 8 years ago! Where has time gone?

    I will give you ((((((hugs)))))) AND jump up and down cause I know you are feeling two different kinds of emotions right now!

  • Liz@thisfullhouse

    Congratulations and I am also very, very excited for the both of you — happy, happy!!!

  • SurprisedMom

    Congratulations to your eldest, you and your husband! This is definitely a major milestone in all of your lives. I hope you enjoy all the moments that will become fond memories.
    You're tugging at my heartstrings here. I remember just a short year ago I was in your shoes. You've got to be feeling a million different feelings. Glad you decided to write this post. It was heartwarming.