The past few weeks have been a flurry of activity for me.
As co-graduation coordinator at my daughter’s school, I’ve been putting together the graduation program, confirming numbers, collecting contributions from parents and coordinating the class gift, and planning the celebration.
Did I mention that my daughter is in preschool?
Whether it’s preschool, high school, or college, graduation is a bittersweet time for parents. My daughter’s ceremony is causing lots of typical parental thoughts to flash through my mind—the things every parent has wished (i.e., worried) about for their child since the beginning of time. We want to send our kids into the world with a good foundation. We want them to be well-adjusted and ready for the “real” world, because we know we can’t protect them forever.
We want them to be the best they can be. We want them to be happy.
Rites of passage, like graduation, remind us that our kids are growing up quickly. Time is moving fast, and before we know it, they are moving to new stages of growth and development. And while our day-to-day routines can, at times, seem like a drag, milestones remind us that the magical moments of our children’s lives—and life in general—are fleeting. We need to enjoy these highlights and respect the challenges we faced getting there.
Turning inward, all of these thoughts prompt me to be deliberate about my own choices and how I spend my days. After all is said and done, being present here and now is the most important thing.
But for now, it’s graduation season. Parties, speeches, late nights, lots of food. At the grocery store this morning, I saw a woman buying six bags of ice, flower arrangements, balloons, and leis. I gave her a nod of understanding. I’m pretty sure she was preparing for a graduation too.