June 16 & 17, 2016
It's a mystery whether or not it was such a good thing - moving while facing major transitions anyway - but there is something to be said for getting it all over with at once. That’s how it felt in June. A lot at once. Work ended for me. Elementary school ended for Abby. High school ended for Ethan.
A trifecta of endings.
With the endings, came a lot of stress over preparations, granted. But, when I look back, those parts are fuzzy. What I remember most are the good things.
The day after my last day at work was Abby’s 5th grade graduation. She put on a pretty dress, paraded down the aisle, and got some awards. My girl’s a real smarty-pants! She looked lovely and so grown up!
A couple days later, Ethan put on his cap and gown and did the same thing, on a much larger scale. His was at the College of William and Mary. There were speakers and ample fanfare. Family came. We had a party afterwards.
I have two awesome kids who will do (and have done) awesome things with their lives.
Graduations remind us of how proud we always are of our children. Graduations are hopeful. A great thing has been accomplished, and done well. Something amazing lies ahead.
That’s how they felt, I think, as they walked their aisles and accepted their diplomas. A time of their lives had ended, but even greater things awaited them.
That’s how this whole endeavor has felt. This part is over, but we’re looking forward to what lies ahead.
So, yes, making so many major life transitions at once meant that our family suffered from a kind of temporary insanity. And believe me, it was insane.
But, doing it all at once meant that we were truly in it together. We were all graduating, hopefully stepping up to lives with more opportunities. Each of us had our individual transitions alongside our same one - moving. That kinda made it all equal and balanced. And each great thing drew us closer together as a family.
“The old has gone, the new is here!”
2 Corinthians 5:17