I did, they told me not to and I did it anyway. I blinked and 18 years went by in what seemed like 5 minutes. Or in other words a "blink of an eye."
Rocking him to sleep at night, dropping him off at preschool, Little League baseball, the nurturing years at Sayen School, the challenging years of middle school and then the years of triumphant spirit at Steinert High School. Years full of anecdotal growth academically and socially culminated yesterday with commencement exercises at the Sun Center. Now my oldest son stands on the precipice of the collegiate experience as he readies to enter Rider University in the fall, ready to take yet another step towards carving out the life that he imagines for himself.
Yesterday it was obvious that he is ready to take this next step by the confident manner in which he conducted himself at his graduation. While he appeared exuberant in his mannerisms it signaled to me that this was his day and he was going to enjoy it with his people. His four years had been about building pride and spirit for his school and using that as the foundation to build relationships with his peers and his teachers. Yesterday was one final opportunity to demonstrate that pride and display his commitment to that spirit, by celebrating the class of 2017 with every opportunity that was presented.
As the commencement exercises came to a conclusion with the exit of the graduates, they put their high school years in the rear view mirror, essentially writing the last chapter of their childhood. Yes I blinked again and a room full just an hour ago now stood empty in front of me. High School graduates all, having left to chase after their dreams and build a life that they only imagined in what seemed like just a few short years ago.