Where have the years gone.....

United States
June 18, 2007 6:00pm CST
Today was my "baby's" last day of school. He completed 11th grade today. Okay Okay, he's not a baby anymore. But he is "my" baby. Tonight I dropped him off at the high school so he could watch several of his 12th grade friends graduate. I keep thinking....next year HE will be graduating! As a parent, do you ever wonder how all those years slipped by? Seems like just yesterday I was sending him off to preschool. Sniff Sniff. I felt the same way when my daughter was his age.
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• United States
18 Jun 07
Oh no.. please don't be saying this to me! I have a two month old and it just seems like yesterday I took her home from the hosptial. Watch, I'll wake up tomorrow morning and she'll be a teenager with tattoo and black hair and a nose ring. And then I will be sending her to the circus lol
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• United States
18 Jun 07
Enjoy those baby years. They go by much faster than we want them to.
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
19 Jun 07
Wow, my son was my baby until he left home, he was over 6 feet tall, but still my baby. It did not hit me that he was grown up until he left to go into the Navy. It was weeks before I talked to him and even longer before I saw him. It will not get easier.
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• United States
20 Jun 07
My son is now 6' 2". He's much taller than me. But the nice thing is, he still hugs me everyday :) When he hugs me I always say to myself....when did he get so big!
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
20 Jun 07
Wow, my son is 6' 2" too. I am only 5' 4" and it feels like he is a giant. And I do miss his hugs. We are planning on going down to see him this fall. I can't wait. I think it is great we can still get out kids to give us hugs!
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@lpetges (3036)
• United States
19 Jun 07
oh, im going through the same thing! my youngest son graduated high school this past couple of weeks ago., and its very hard because he is going to another state for college. he is the last one out of 3. and im going to be crying alot. im sure.
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@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
19 Jun 07
oh, I'm so sorry. THat must be tough. I know my parents weren't thrilled when I decided to go to college 1,000 miles away, and i'm sure they are less excited now that my hubby and my children have decided we'll stay here for awhile, as a parent, I hope that my children find a college near by, because I don't know what I'll do. (: They come visit quite often, and we are always excited to see them, and of course we visit when we can too. Hopefully your son will come back and live closer. (;
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@butterfly39 (3907)
• Philippines
21 Jun 07
yes of course, and we can say that time is really fast. congratulations!
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@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
21 Jun 07
Um—yeah-! I was just complaining about this on another post- My daughter is entering the middle school- 6th-8th grade- She will be a 6th grader- No more going in to visit during the days- or popping in for lunch- It’s not cool anymore- Gone are the fieldtrips- and the movies on half days- It seems like just yesterday when she was born- Now more than half of her childhood is gone! I hate it! Time is flying by!
@tina12679 (1126)
• United States
20 Jun 07
I wander the same thing and mine arent even that old yet. My oldest is only 6 and she just completed kindergaton this year, they had a little graduation for them to send them off and welcome them into "real" school. My other daughter who isnt quite 4 yet also had a certificate ceremony for the returning children and a graduation for the ones moving on into kindergarton. And it is hard to think even when they are still young that they are growing up. Although i would like them to be a little bit older then they are right now maybe stop in around age 12. LOL
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
20 Jun 07
Both my Kids are working now but I still remember when they left School I actually cried it is really strange that of all a Sudden they are working, that they are now Adults But they will always be my Babies no matter what
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@lisagayle (395)
• United States
20 Jun 07
I know how you feel, but my one and only child is only 12. She just finished 6th grade, but I wonder how the years have slipped by so darn fast, it won't be to long till she will be graduating, and i will be doing exactly what you are now.
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@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
20 Jun 07
Well, I have a daughter that just completed the 11th grade, and sometimes I will admit, I do wonder where all the years have gone myself. I remembered when she was a baby and little girl, and now she's a girl on the cusp of being a woman; unsure of some things but sure on others. I also have a daughter 15, but still have some time with her.
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
19 Jun 07
I know what you mean. It is even worse when they start having kids and then those kids are getting old enough to get married and have kids. What happened? Where did the time go to? You look back and see that tiny baby that you could sit and rock all day and admire because he/she was so cute.
@saralee1 (1983)
• United States
19 Jun 07
I am an Auntie to a couple of Nephews, and a niece. My first Nephew, I was so excited that I moved near his parents to watch him grow up. I watched him scoot, crawl and walk. 4 years later, they came to my wedding, and now he visits me in the summertime. I enjoy being his favorite auntie, and watching him now at 8 years, I am amazed. he is the sweetest kid in the world when he wants to be!
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
18 Jun 07
I know what you mean. When my daughter was in the Senior year and I thought oh no this is it my baby is going to leave me! I cried then after she graduated she stayed home and went to college so this past January she got married but her and her hubby stayed here for awhile then out of the blue she's pregnant I thought whoa slow down this is going way too fast about two weeks ago they moved out adn I cried for days but then I started to think oh well this is going to happen to her too! She will always be my baby no matter what.Kids really do grow up too fast. I miss those days. Good Luck with your son as he turns to senior.
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• United States
18 Jun 07
Yes, I used to think that also when my children graduated high school, now I just wonder where the time went, they are on their own and having children of their own now, just seems like time passes so fast these days. Take care!
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• United States
23 Jun 07
I don't have any children but I have these thoughts when my sister graduated from high school, then college, then got married... Also those three cousins I watched for two summers when they were 2,4, and six - one graduated last year and had a baby this year...it's all WOW! Plus the next one graduates next year too! I've got a couple other cousins I feel that way about too. It's just so strange to me! Especially considering I haven't been successful having children yet and here they are having them LOL.
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• United States
23 Jun 07
2 of my nieces had babies last year and I thought WOW! They are really grown up now. I remember when they were little and I use to take them shopping and do fun things with them. Now they are grown and they are moms.
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• United States
23 Jun 07
It makes me feel old! LOL It's so weird to see those things...
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@patgalca (14664)
• Orangeville, Ontario
19 Jun 07
Next week my "baby" will be graduating from grade 8. Ceremony takes place on Tuesday but on the last day of school, Thursday, the whol school lines the halls and clap the grade 8s out of the school. One of the teachers spoke to me at church on Saturday and she said every year she cries. I cry every time I think about it. I am definitely going to go to the school for this even though my daughter says no parents go to this. It's just a school thing but to me it's like a standing ovation and I want to be there. Okay, I'm crying now. I'm finished.
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• United States
19 Jun 07
Oh yes, I think you should go. I think it's wonderful that they do this for the 8th graders. They should feel very proud of themselves.
@patgalca (14664)
• Orangeville, Ontario
19 Jun 07
I had a relative make a comment about grade 8 graduation being made too big a deal of. I responded that she has been in that school for 10 years. That is an accomplishment as she will only be in high school for 4. That's something to be proud of and celebrate.
@sunshine4 (8708)
• United States
22 Jun 07
My oldest graduated last year and I felt the same way. My baby was all grown up! It was very weird because in my family, my oldest was graduating high school and my 2nd child was moving up to the high school and my youngest was graduating from kindergarden! Too much to deal with all at once.
• United States
22 Jun 07
That is alot to deal with at once. So many changes all at once.
@meme0907 (3481)
• United States
18 Jun 07
Hey DCP, I know just how you feel honey-my son just moved out (he's almost 18) I haven't been able to speak of it until recently to anyone but God & his dad (my man)-my heart is broken but I can't tell him that-I know he wants to be "a man" now & he's always been responsible so I just have to let him go, not that I didn't try to make him stay but the cops say since he has a full time job & a place to live he can go legally.It seems like just yesterday he was sleeping w/ his arthur doll now he's supposed to be a man. +'s 2 U :D
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• United States
18 Jun 07
It's very hard when they move out. Our daughter moved out one month after her 18th birthday. She's now 20. It still feel strange to have her living somewhere else.
@gberlin (3836)
22 Jun 07
I know, my daughter is now 27 and my son is 22. I can't believe how time has flown and it goes faster as I get older. I wish it would slow down sometimes.
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@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
22 Jun 07
I totally know what you mean. I wonder what ever happened to my babygirl, she is 11 months today and I still can remember when I just brought her home just like yesterday.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
21 Jun 07
I am not a parent but certainly have seen the years go by. It is hard to believe that I graduated high school almost twenty years ago. Kids are certainly growing up quick and school years go by quicker than you know. Everyone's little child do not stay their little one for very long. People grow up so quickly and become adults quickly.