Everyone who knows me will tell you…I’m a calendar person. I see dates and events in my head well ahead of the average person. It’s a blessing and a curse. It’s a great trait when booking appointments but a handicap when trying to not think of certain looming events. 2014 has been on my mind for the past couple of years as my Milestone Year. It’s the year I turn 50 (yes that happened!). It’s the year my youngest turns 18 and graduates from high school. This year my son turned 20 and my parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Thank goodness I’m an event planner!!
High school graduation is the end of some things as well as the beginning of many others.
I am so happy for my daughter. She is at that wonderful age where all the possibilities are before her. There are no limits. She is bright, talented and beautiful, she can accomplish anything. As a parent, I am also a little sad that this phase of my life is over. The volunteering, class events, piano recitals, soccer games, swimming lessons, tea parties, field trips, report cards, school assemblies, parent teacher interviews, play dates, sleepovers, coffees and lunches with other school mothers. I am sure that next year I will wonder how I ever juggled it all! I will miss being a part of her school life as well as her every day life. Our children go to university and return to us, sometimes for weekends, sometimes for the summer and sometimes indefinitely. However, these adults that return home are not the same people as the children who left.
As parents, we also change when our youngest child graduates. This is a time to figure out things about YOU! Who are you if not a mom? a class representative? a soccer coach? or a cook/driver/scheduler? It is a shift from being needed and busy to having spare time and freedom. Some look forward to this time, while others are somewhat lost. This is a great time for reflection and your own personal growth. It’s a wonderful opportunity to tackle some goals and dreams that got lost in the shuffle of a busy family life. Have you been meaning to learn to play the piano? Run a marathon? Learn a new language?
Be a student alongside your child and share their passion for knowledge. It will be a great way to connect with them as adults. However, today – before graduation – cherish the moments, cherish your child’s accomplishments and their growth…and be proud of the adults they have become.
There is a good reason they call these ceremonies “commencement exercises”. Graduation is not the end, it’s the beginning.
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