Friday, May 9, 2014

Weekly Wrap-up

This was a big week. I'm still recovering, or, rather, absorbing. Pondering.

Because this happened:

It is still hard for me to believe that our oldest child is a college graduate. It seems as if I was a college graduate not too long ago.

But, in fact, it was a long, long time ago for me:

I don't know sometimes if I feel much older than I did then; it's the whole "I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now" thing. I don't even know what it means, but I know exactly what it means.

I don't know how I became the middle-aged mom and not the teenaged sister.

I don't know how my child, my child— the one who used to insist on wearing gloves all the time for his "protection suit," the one who used to say, "You and Daddy are my best friends"—I don't know how he is on this list of graduates.

Magna cum laude, yep

A lot of people have congratulated me, telling me what a good job I did. You know, how as a homeschooling family, we have really shown what we can do.

But honestly, and I do not say this with any sort of false humility, I feel almost completely removed from his college experience. He did this. He worked really, really hard.

I mean, here's the truth: I read some of his papers and had no idea what he was talking about. He out-thinks me. Oh sure: I thought that hard and wrote that well when I was 21, but now my brain has mushified with years of parenting, and I think: W-O-W. He's really amazing.

I'm just really proud of him. Really, really amazed. I know we gave him a great academic foundation, but he built upon that foundation all by himself.

And so, our graduate is home now. And our daughter has finished her junior year and is now an official senior. And this one? This youngest one?

Thank goodness I have a few more years with him.

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  1. Such a wonderful post! It brought tears to my eyes! Congratulations to your son!

  2. What a wonderful experience! It is amazing how quickly it all happens. Have a blessed week!
    Blessings, Dawn

  3. Your brain is hardly mush. Though I don't read them often, we I do I am inspired and want to write more. Very thoughtful and introspective post!

  4. Oh-oh-oh-oh! You made me so teary this morning- STOP THAT Miss Sarah! I know this day will be here for me sooner than I realize- so glad to know a mother like you is paving the way for my family as inspiration!

  5. I can really relate to this post. My oldest graduated last year and just yesterday I realised that my youngest may be finished at home in just over 3 years. Back in the days when I was teaching the oldest to read, while I juggled a baby on my hip and the youngest wasn't even imagined I would never have believed how quickly this homeschooling gig would come to an end.

  6. Gosh isn't it bitter sweet when our kids grow up? I notice it more when I talk about the past with my BFF or look at old pictures. Congrats! What a handsome family you have!!!

  7. Congratulations! It's always a shock to realise how quickly the time has passed.

  8. I can not believe how grown up Duncan looks in this post, Sarah! All. So. Fast.


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