18 years. Where did those years go? 18 years ago today I certainly was NOT thinking about graduation. My baby was 4 months old and I was a young mom excited about the future and what it would hold for this little baby of mine. 18 years later.. This afternoon I watched that "baby" walk up on a stage and accept his High School Diploma. 18 years of celebrations, trials, laughter, tears, frustration, pride, and all the those other emotions I'm forgetting about.
I remember people telling me to hold on to him, these years go by so fast. I didn't believe them. 18 years is such a long time to a young, 22-year-old mom. 18 years went by in the blink of an eye to this 40-year-old mom. Can't I hang on to that little boy for just a little bit longer? No. I need to let him fly. I need to let him feel the wind under his wings and maybe even hop around like the little robin that Mike and Rachael saw yesterday in the backyard. It's mama was chirping encouragement, but was letting it stretch it's wings and learn to fly on it's own. It's hard watching your baby leave the nest, but I know he's ready. Fly, Tyler! Stretch your wings and soar!