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Saying goodbye to the last of the graduates

Posted Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at 12:17 PM

High school graduations are nearing and with that being said...the final chapter from K through 12 is coming to a close for my husband's youngest child.

I remember meeting Michael for the first time as he walked into the apartment where my husband was living. There stood this little boy carrying a large heavy saxophone case and a book bag full of studies and everything that little boys cart off to school and back. I'll never forget the image of this curly, dark haired little 5th grader with a huge grin and tiny voice. He was so excited to see his dad home from a week on the road and was nonstop chatter. It didn't matter if there was a complete stranger sitting in the room or not, Michael was not shy.

As the years passed the curly locks were cut, Mike grew, but his personality still shines. He has grown to be 6 foot tall and ready to take on the world. He doesn't play the saxophone anymore. The instrument has since been replaced with football, golf and speech. The imagination that he possesses within his speech contests is remarkable. Watching him perform in Improvisation is amazing and the sense of humor that he has, keeps one laughing far beyond the performances. That humor has been evident in Homecoming skits also. Michael isn't afraid to don a dress or large pink hat to make someone laugh. Just looking back at those photos brings on a chuckle or two.

Soon we will be saying good bye as he heads off to college, with fond memories of this little boy that had to put up with all of the girls that filled our home following our courtship and marriage. He was a trooper though, and had a way of fitting in even though he was the only boy amongst five girls. I guess though, that is what makes Michael so unique. He adapts well, and this will serve him well in his next endeavors. I've gone through my girls heading off to college and the drama that went with it, I am sure that our little boy is ready to meet head on his new challenges.

Congratulations to all 2010 graduates and to the curly, dark haired little guy that has grown to be such a stud. Be proud of your accomplishments and excited to move on and achieve greatness... have a bit of fun too!

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