A Senior Moment

“Mom” my oldest daughter said as she pulled a thick envelope out of her bulging backpack.  “I need to have this filled out to turn this in tomorrow.”  I gave her the Stink Eye and asked her exactly when she had received it as I accepted the  packet.  She merely shrugged in the way that only a teenager can do. 

I continued chatting with my girl as I casually spilled the contents out of  the oversized envelope out.  My words were suddenly stopped in my throat as I glanced at the papers on my lap.    Papers that I simply wasn’t ready to see.  I had to put them down for a while and think of something else until I was ready to deal with them. 

I looked at my daughter and marveled at what a delightful young woman she had become was becoming.  It seemed as though it was just last week that  I was dropping her off at kindergarten and trying not to let her wails of dismay at being left there break my heart. These days the conversation seems to be of SAT scores, college applications and dorm room decor. We joke that she will have to choose a college nearby so that she doesn’t starve.  Our KT’s  been getting ready to make that first big leap out of the nest.  Her father and I have been getting ready to let her. 

A few hours later I braced myself to look at the papers that had been given to every Senior at the high school.  It was time to order caps, gowns and announcements for the graduation ceremony that will be held  in June.   Of course, I knew that day was coming.  We’ve been talking about it and planning for it for ages now.  It just…took me by surprise.

Those simple order forms made it real for me.  Our baby girl really has grown up.  In less than two months she will be eighteen….legally an adult.  It just  never occurred to me that the years would fly by that swiftly.   KT has gone from a timid Kindergartener to a confident Senior in what seems like the blink of an eye.  I know these last few months of having a Senior in the house will only last a moment.

I can’t wait to see what comes next….

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14 Responses to A Senior Moment

  1. Kathy Ariano says:

    I taught senior English for many years. What an exciting year this is for them. I also raised three kids and remember how bittersweet this year was for my husband and I.

  2. Tylor says:

    So you’re telling me that not all parents are eagerly awaiting the day they get to kick the kids out of the house? Maybe that was just mine. 🙂

  3. Linda says:

    Your post actually brought tears to my eyes. I only have a little more than 2 years and my first will be 18 and getting ready to graduate. Waaaah!

  4. Time goes by so fast, in the blink of an eye they are all grown up..!
    Susan when you get time could you check in over at the Altered Books Site..Thanks! Connie

  5. What a big milestone. No wonder it came as a shock.

  6. sinkuenta says:

    Congratulations for having a senior daughter in the family. Life goes by so fast!! Make the most of this unique year!! Best wishes

  7. Linda says:

    Most kids are like boomerangs these days! They return long after they’ve gone to raid parental resources. My son goes through my fridge like a plague of locusts when he visits and he moved out three years ago. He also nicks loo rolls, soap and toothpaste to take back to his own pad.

  8. Pamela says:

    yes. life is like a vapor.

  9. coffespaz says:

    It is a bittersweet moment isn’t it?? My sister is experiencing the same thing this year! Hugs!

  10. shayus says:

    This is such a sweet post. I guess my mum had same feeling when i graduated 5 years back.

  11. Patti (mom) says:

    You think that gets you; wait until she leaves home.

  12. tommie says:

    Susan- this brought tears to my eyes! I know it will all pass too quickly.

    It is hard to believe they are already in Kindy and PreK as it is.

  13. Its strange, but ive just moved out of my home and left my mother, with the intention of ‘growing up’. Its amazing how time flies, not just for a parent but for children too!