Growing Up, Moving On
Winston Salem, North Carolina
July 27, 2017 8:47pm CST
It’s been a season of milestones. My oldest child graduated from University and my youngest child celebrated her 16th birthday on the same day. In the weeks that have passed since then, my oldest child has moved to Germany and broken up with his girlfriend (and for some reason I was the only one that didn’t see THAT particular event happening). Other milestones have been flying past us. Child number two has finally decided that perhaps furthering his education might be a good idea and will be starting college classes in a couple of weeks (he attended orientation and registered for five classes this afternoon). Child number three has been fighting her way through a couple of difficult college classes. We thought getting them out of the way during the summer session was a good idea, we didn’t really stop to think that she would have to cover the same amount of work in half the time. It’s not been an easy summer for her, but she has been successful and she will transition from being a dual enrollment student to being a full-time college student as well in two weeks. The youngest child hasn’t been slacking either. I took her to the bank today to get an account set up and ready for direct deposit. The youngest of my children starts her first real job next week. Everyone tells you that they grow up fast...if yours are still little, hug them tight; it’s true, they really DO grow up fast. I love my all grown-up children, but I kind of miss my babies.
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• Bunbury, Australia
28 Jul 17
Your last paragraph says it all I think. So many don't seem able to learn from their elders but what you say is so true and needs to be repeated in the hope that some at least will slow down and not wish their, and their children's lives away waiting for them to 'grow up'. Love the photo. Here's Vince and I in outsize wellies.
28 Jul 17
Words of great advise here. Your daughter looks so adorable in the picture-love it. Isn't your heart breaking with your son gone so far away, mine would be! I know that the time disappears, our son is getting married in a few weeks, and we received a wedding invitation for his cousin's wedding today, and the cousin is 2 years older and I remember holding him as a baby. Wasn't that just last week? It flies so quickly.
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
28 Jul 17
Thankfully modern technology is making it easy to keep in touch. We instant message through Facebook, and video-chat at least once a week as well, plus I am trying to write an old fashioned snail mail letter each week. His contract is only for 15 months...but he works in the one department where getting an extension of ones contract seems to be pretty easy. I'm trying to focus on our plans to go visit him next spring.
• Midland, Michigan
5 Aug 17
Yep, from barely being born to heading off to college it seems to happen within a weeks time. My youngest moved out this spring and my oldest broke up with her boyfriend and moved back in. I like your daughter's shoes. I have big feet, but I'm glad to say they aren't quite that big, lol. Are those on display at her college?
28 Jul 17
My kids are still little (in comparison to yours) and we have some big milestones coming up. My youngest will turn 4 and start school in the next 5 weeks. My second turned 6 at the beginning of the month and will start grade one in September. My oldest is turning 12 and entering grade 7 all in the same month.
• United States
28 Jul 17
Those milestones are awesome but I certainly understand how you feel about your babies all growing up. My 16 yr old granddaughter just got her driving permit yesterday and it boggles my mind I thought my children grew up fast but the grandchildren are even faster