My baby graduated on Saturday! I really don't even know what to say! We start a new chapter. There was a day, well many day, many years, I said to anyone who would listen, "everyone should have an Andy!" I felt and still do feel very blessed I got this boy. I would say around 16 or 17, I quit saying that. LOL. You know teen boys! But, I still felt blessed, because as you all know, I know it can be worst and it has been worst. But this kid has it going on. I can say I am proud.
Andy did not get high honors. Andy did not get a ton of scholarships. I don't have bumper stickers that say Honor Student. But, I got a "normal" kid. A well adjusted kid. A happy kid. A polite kid. A kid with goals and direction. I got lucky with him. I sat in the graduation with tears in my eyes. Knowing all he lived with for so many years. Knowing he made it thru with minor bumps in the road, when in reality, there could have been huge boulders in his way. He did it. I am proud.
I had his friends and their Mom's send me words to describe Andy. Then I put the words with stickers on a mat and framed his Senior picture for his table at the party. I cried! There were some common words. Polite. Friendly. Nice to everyone. Always smiling. Doesn't get much better than that for me. Those are things that take you far. Nobody will remember your GPA, but they will remember your manners or smile. Other words were, best friend, hard worker ( 2 jobs) , reliable, funny, sarogent big brother. I am proud.
So we soon the new chapter in our lives. While I cried and still crying about it all ending. I know I did my best to prepare him to leave the nest. I know without a doubt there will be more bumps in the road, but I also know without a doubt he will make it. I am proud.
We had a wonderful party with 7 other families. The boys from our neighborhood. It was a night to remember and I am glad he could go out with a bang and a good time. I never got to do that before and did I tell you, I was and am proud!