well, not a full calendar year but a school year!
Way back in September, my oldest started his Freshman year of high school. Wow, what a year it's been!
We've had a lot of firsts at his High School. We've shared a lot of firsts and he's experienced A LOT of firsts!
It seems like just yesterday he was sitting in the car telling me that he didn't like it there, didn't want to do this anymore. It was hard and it was an adjustment. He went from being one of the top dogs to being just one in a room full of top dogs. But by the second half of the year, he was ranked #19 out of 344. Not bad for a kid who swore he just couldn't do it!
We had our first Mother Son Dance this year! I'm very lucky that I have a son that will go to these events with me without having to beg and bribe. Believe me, I've heard stories of what some moms had to go through to "get" their sons to do this with them. I'm lucky!
And he's had a lot of firsts too. His first article for the newspaper, his first high school dance, his first girlfriend and even his first kiss. Don't know if he'll admit it, but he's had a really good first year!
Looking back, it's bitter sweet. I'm so happy to have experienced things with him. I'm lucky to have been able to watch him experience other things. And with each experience, he gets one more step closer to growing up, moving on, leaping into manhood. And as much as that is an honor to watch and experience, it's heartbreaking to see. I love the teen he's becoming but I so terribly miss the little boy who thought wearing a Rubbermaid bowl on his head was cool!
I'm happy for him, but sad for me. Motherhood is one tough job and it's murder on the heart!
Lord help me when he's a senior!