8
Jun

Graduation for her

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"I was thinking this morning about what I struggle with most, beginnings, endings... and then I realized they're the same thing." - Girl's Gone Child

Today, you close the door on pre-k.
That part of your life ends.
And a new one begins.

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Today, you are going to walk into that school,
you are going to stand on a stage.
Today, you are going to sing some songs.
You will give your friends hugs.

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Today, parents will be taking pictures.
Today, video cameras will be rolling.
Some, most, I, will be smiling.
So wide, it will hurt.
Some, most, I, will have tears.
And the pain of pushing them away will be a physical one.
Some, most, I, will have lumps in our throats.
Pain in our hearts.
Our bellies will ache.

Change.
That's what it is.
Change has always been and will always be difficult for me.
Milestones will always come with rejoice and pride.
Milestones will always come with sadness and loss.
Each day that goes by, I lose you.
I have to let go a little more.
I have to let you grow a little bigger.
I have to let you experience a little more.
I have to let you be independent.
I have to let you be you.

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  1. […] I went back and read the story of Anna's graduation. Reading back on the words, seeing the pictures, well the heaviness of your graduation hit hard. And […]

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