"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in."

-- Robert Frost

Thursday, July 27, 2017

graduating christian

That senioritis is a real deal.

Maybe I haven't posted any of this because I'm still a little shell shocked. Maybe I'm still recovering. Or maybe I've blocked out the end of this school year entirely ;)

But here we go.

Pictures of cute kids we know started to flood in and fill our counter with hopes and dreams of bright futures.

Our high school here offers an Internship class in the senior year. This class takes students who are interested in a specific field and gets them placed with a local business to acquire some hands on learning throughout the school year.

It's an awesome hands on learning experience.

Christian loves everything business and he scored an internship with the guys over at Big Agnes along with their sister company, Honey Stinger ... both really big outdoor sport start-up companies located right here in our town.

And man, did he love those twenty something guys floating on cloud nine as their businesses soared to great heights. And man ... did they love him.

So much that he filled every hour gleaning every ounce of knowledge he could from the CEO and COO he worked directly with. So much that they took him on as a paid intern. So much that they tried to lure him into their realm of winning opportunity.

And at some point the mom had to ask, "Are you dividing your time appropriately?" and then I had to clamp down a boy who wanted to run before he could walk.

Because walking at graduation needed to come first.

But how can a mom be frustrated for very long at ambition?

Even when that winning personality causes major anxiety?

But we made it and showed up to sit in the heat and celebrate Christian's big finish.

No one in the entire stadium was beaming more than this man right here.

Even when he had to move into the shade away from the heat ... see? Still radiating. This might just be the happiest day of his entire life so far.

Christian said goodbye to some pretty great friends.

Most especially, this one that moved in the same time that we did and was just an incredible guy.

As we sat listening to the speeches and watching kids who had spent their entire lives succeeding in this little town, it hit me what a hard thing Christian had tackled. To move so willingly and complete a senior year of high school in an entirely new place?

I watched him hug and shake hands with every person there as they sought him out and I was struck with what an amazing leader and charismatic personality he really is. He had taken this opportunity by storm and made it his with, literally, an entire school full of friendships.

I could never have done that at his age.

He can do hard things and he will do great things.

And this man is still beaming.

Usually, a kid who has so many friendships gets carried away with those connections and sometimes prefers them, but not our Christian. When he's done, he just falls right back in with us.

I have always loved how he has never been embarrassed by his family.

We are his number one people and he always lets us know that.

So much, he'll throw his mom on the back of a bike and wave a final drive-by goodbye to high school life.

We threw a little get together at our home to celebrate him and another friend from church.

We sure do love these people who have embraced us this year and become our very best of friends.

It's also a pretty big deal to graduate from Seminary. The kids of our church take an early morning Bible study class for their four years of high school.

They put in a lot of hours and hard work and Christian completed the entire four year course.

We had more friends celebrate him. Especially our dear friend Fred with whom Christian spent any free time learning how to lay cement.

Fred took Christian's spare hours ... of which there were few ... and taught him the value of back breaking work.

One night, I lay awake with all the anxieties of a mother's heart.

We were deep in the middle of college applications, essays and ACT tests, class completions, online courses to make up what a new school required for their graduation, mission papers and all their appointments and interviews (on which we are waiting by the mailbox every day for a response) and a myriad of work hours in various directions.

My brain was all aflutter over where and how things were going to go for our boy.

I was suddenly given a peace and a stillness as it occurred to me that he could fly. That he has got this. That he came to us larger than life and would go forward even greater and his time in our home had only been a glimmer.

I know that he will do great things. We are sure proud of Christian and all that he is. And as far as graduation is concerned ... looks like we made it (at least this far)  :)

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