tonight, the night before i embark on my wild water adventure, i had the opportunity to be a witness to my grandson’s graduation from high school.
what an experience! how wonderful to see a young man celebrate a major accomplishment in life.
unfortunately, and tragically, in the United States one out of every five young people do not graduate high school.
but tonight was about recognizing the unbelievable effort that goes into making it through four years of high school. an unbelievable effort by my grandson, Danny. Congratulations, Danny!!!
when one thinks about all the changes that youth experience during the teenage years (13-18). when one thinks about the ups and downs that adolescents go through. when one thinks about the peer pressures extant at this stage of life. when one thinks about the technology and social media changes that are occurring with seemingly lightening speed. when one thinks about the changes their bodies, minds and emotions are going through during this four plus year period of their life. when one thinks about all of this, i, for one, am amazed at what it takes to make it through, to in fact graduate.
the other major message that hit me tonight was how important his Mom has been in helping Danny get to this important milestone. his Mom, my step daughter, Mary has been there every step of the way during the last 18 years.
when one thinks about the undying unconditional love that the parent provides. when one thinks about the unbelievable never ending effort that goes into being a parent. when one thinks about the sacrifices that the parent makes in so many ways. when one thinks about the way the parent prioritizes her daily life to be present when the child needs her. again, i find myself in awe of the effort that moms put in, and especially Danny’s mom, Mary. it is amazing.
and of course there are the grandparents too.
what a special moment in time…