This Week. Man.

I’m looking forward to the coming week but at the same time, I’m dreading it.
It’s going to be one filled with milestones for my children. There will be ceremonies. Parties. Grad night. Trips to amusement parks.
This is one of the most thrilling, exciting times for my oldest child.
This one of the most emotionally challenging times for me as his mother.
Monday: The last day my oldest child will ever attend high school. The day Ethan will take his last field trip as an 8th grader.
Tuesday: Andrew’s Senior Breakfast in the morning. Andrew’s high school graduation in the evening. (Hold me. Tell me it’s going to be okay.)
Wednesday: Andrew will graduate from Law Enforcement Academy. He will graduate as a Sargent.
Thursday: Ethan’s promotion from junior high to high school ceremony. Gabby will celebrate her last day of 1st grade and officially be a 2nd grader. Later that evening, Andrew will be boarding a bus for Grad night at Six Flags.
Friday: I lay in bed and wonder DID ALL OF THESE THINGS REALLY HAPPEN? What happened to my little babies? WHY IS TIME SUCH AN ASSHOLE?
Saturday: It’s party time. Graduation party time.
My brain hurts just thinking about how much there is to do, how many tears will be shed, how much rejoicing is to be had. How much everything is about to change.
I’ve been thinking of all of the ways that life will be different after this week– In little ways. In big ways. While I was doing laundry this morning, I realized that this summer, I will only be school shopping for two kids instead of three. It’s these little realizations that hurt the heart.
In spite of the sadness that I feel, there is great joy bubbling deep within and I know that it will rise to the surface as I hear my son’s name called on graduation day.
I just hope I get through this week. It’s going to take a lot of coffee and possibly quite a few glasses of wine.

15 thoughts on “This Week. Man.

  1. Lori

    You’ll get through, girl. My son graduated last year, so I know well how you feel. Such a beautiful, heartbreaking time.

  2. Leeann

    Wow, that is a big week for sure! So Andrew is graduating high school AND law enforcement school the same week? How does that work? Does that mean he will officially be a police officer or something? Could you explain for those of us not in the know?

  3. Colleen

    Congratulations (and my sympathies) on all of the wonderful milestones!
    I thought it was hard enough accepting that Zoe is almost done with kindergarten and Ana will be in preschool next year.

  4. trish

    No way is he graduating from high school. I refuse to believe it. Next year, I said I will be making a scene when Kyle graduates by holding on to his leg as he tries to walk across the stage.

  5. Laura

    Wow! What a week!
    Can you offer some clarification about the Law Enforcement Academy? Is that the same as the Police Academy? I was surprised to see that he could finish high school AND police academy at the same time.

  6. Judith

    I haven’t commented for a while, but had to stop by and send my love and support for you this week. I’ve been having similar feelings lately – I’m in the UK and my oldest daughter is taking her GCSE exams this month and then will be finished with compulsory education. 6th form next year, with flexible hours, and no uniform. At the same time, my younger daughter is just finishing junior school (year 6) and will be starting at ‘the big school’ in September. As a parent, it’s a time of conflicting emotions – pride for the people they have become and sadness at the loss of the babies and children they once were.
    So, my thoughts are very much with you this week. Take lots of deep breaths and remember to enjoy the celebrations. Your kids are amazing, a fine testament to your parenting, and they are all moving on to bigger and even better things {{hugs}}

  7. Michelle

    Oh man, I feel for you. I am sitting here crying just thinking about it and my kids are only 6, 4 and the third is still baking. Why does it all go so fast? I can’t take it and yet my husband is absolutely fine with it. I am sure you are so proud and the next stage is going to be great but yeah, time is pretty much an asshole.

  8. Embraceurcrazy

    Ms. Y Please take note of your accomplishments in this. You’ve raised a fine young man. Your healthy, happy and blessed household is moving to it’s next phase. Be proud of your work as an aerobic dancing momma bird and enjoy it. You have two more babies at home to lavish with love and attention. Your oldest loves you and will be home very often with an empty belly & dirty underwear for you.

  9. Nilzed

    You’ll be fine. You’ve done a good job with that first son. The others are lucky to have him to look up to.
    Enjoy the week!

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