My oldest “baby” has turned 18 !!!
In many ways he is still my little boy but then there are the other ways in which he is not…
…where did the time go ?
I remember bringing him to school on that very first day. It was Miss Hettig’s class and she would prove to be an incredible influence in our whole families life as the years progress. Mr Hettig was “Zero the Hero” in my beautiful boys kindergarten class…It is fitting that he finished his high school career in Mr. Hettig’s class. This brother and sister are both teachers and they have begun and ended my child’s k-12 education. We all grew up a little in that Kindergarten class and in all the years that followed.
2. He will begin college.
This is such an interesting time as he will further step away from us but has chosen to live at home, at least for now. In some ways things will be the same but in so many ways they will drastically change. For one thing, it is now officially time to parent an adult and this is an incredibly different thing than parenting a child… They still require guidance but they also require the room to function as an adult…my baby is not a baby anymore….
3. He has a job.
He had decided that he wanted to work and so he got a job. It was not a very difficult, or long process, for him to do so. He enjoys his work and especially enjoys his paycheck. He receives regular compliments from his employer. I am proud to have raised someone who is respected at his job.
4. He has put together a good group of friends and is definitive in his values.
He does not let people sway him from his beliefs. I am proud of his strength.
5. He will begin the process of choosing a career and making an adult life.
He is my baby, and he always will be, but I also have to let him grow up. I sit here crying as I think of the boy he was, the man he is and the hero he will become.
My adorable little baby who was just 7 pounds 4 ounces when he was born is now a full grown man.
I will miss that baby. However, I also look forward to getting to know this man that has taken his place.