Monday, June 08, 2009

The Graduate


Off to my son’s graduation ceremony today - which is actually tomorrow but we figured a relaxing stay at a hotel beats an early rise and battling Tuesday morning traffic.

This is one of those milestones in your child’s life where, while they did all the work, you get to share in the sense of accomplishment.

For a mother, such an occasion also tends to bring back memories of their child’s first day of school – and, perhaps, a few tears. Just a few. Tears of joy and pride.

While many believe mothers are incapable of being objective regarding their children, mothers know otherwise. We may love them without reservation, but we know who they are and what they’re capable of better than anyone.

And so, when I say that this quiet, committed and compassionate child of mine will make his mark in the world, believe me, he will.

He already has.



18 comments:

Deidra said...

You must be so very proud. You are right: we mothers know the truth about our children, and we love them with our whole heart...would go to the ends of the world for them. Your Sam has already made his mark, indeed. Congratulations to him, and to the mom who cheers him on!

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

Aaawwww. I'm feeling like I'm going to cry. Such a milestone, you both must be proud. It's hard work getting there, but so worth it. On his first day of school he already looks determined. Have a most marvelous time, bask in the honey feelings.

And I do have some weird things happen to me. Or, magical, as you put it. I have read Practical Magic and believe I draw them to me in an unexplained way. I am definitely drawing bird energy to me lately.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

While many believe mothers are incapable of being objective regarding their children, mothers know otherwise. We may love them without reservation, but we know who they are and what they’re capable of better than anyone."

That is so well said.

You did a good job, Mom. I think you can share in the joy of knowing you had a part in the actual accomplishment.

Congratulations!

sherry lee said...

Enjoy every minute and every tear. You've got 3 great sons and you are so right...we know exactly who these children of ours are. Big hugs and congrats to Sam...he's worked hard for what he has earned and much success to him for his bright future!

Charlotta-love said...

Congrats to Sam! Graduation was one of the best days of my life...which is why I'm in grad school - I want to walk again. :o)

Enjoy the day and all the festivities (even the traffic)!

patricia said...

Hooray for Sam! (And hooray for you!)

I hope it's a wonderful day.

laughingwolf said...

grats to both of you, beth... milestones are all so important, now and in later years :)

Cid said...

I am working hard on the unconditional love that my children test each and every day, many times over and over and over ...
Congrats on the graduation.

Seraphine said...

you have every right to be proud! it's not easy raising a human being. have fun today and best wishes to the graduate!

ted said...

Nice socks. I hope he dresses himself tomorrow!

In all seriousness though, congrats little bro!

a mouthy irish woman? ridiculous! said...

i am so proud FOR YOU. congrats mom. fruit from the tree. :)

Laura said...

Congratulations! Mothers, we protect them against outside forces, but on the inside we tend to help them to become stronger by pushing them because we know they can. It's our little push me-pull me game.

My he accomplish what he sets out to accomplish.

Zhu said...

Congrats to him!

Well, to you too I guess. ;-)

VE said...

I remember the day I graduated from the McDonalds Training School. Oh, wait, never mind...

Congrats to you and your son...

Beth said...

awwwww, Beth!!!! What a wonderful boy you have!!!!

Barrie said...

Congratulations to you both! I think you're absolutely right, Beth; Sam will make his mark on this world of ours!

sherry lee said...

I love Ted's comment! Only a brother could say that and get away with it (maybe!!). That's brotherly love!

Bee said...

I can't help but think you did a lot of the work . . . even if you didn't actually do the exams, write the papers, etc.

Congrats to both of you!