Monday, August 10, 2009

As Summer draws to an end

Our summer has been full of football camps, graduation parties, mini vacations, family visits and a daily schedule that varied day to day. And though summer hasn't officially ended, for us it always ends the day school starts. Today Moe started school as a senior in high school!

Our family has a tradition that has started since Moe started kindergarten. Renaissance Man gives Moe a father's blessing, we go out to an early breakfast and then both RM and I take Moe to school. It didn't happen today. Moe told us yesterday that he was going to "Senior Sunrise". It's a tradition in our town for new seniors to gather together on the first day of school and watch a sunrise from a hill, and then they go out to breakfast before school starts. Moe woke up today at 4am and then left the house shortly after.

We knew that our school tradition would come to an end, we didn't expect it to happen this year! All good things really do come to an end. It is hard for me to believe that I'm the mother of a 17 year old boy who is only one year away from college.

When Moe was in Preschool, he wouldn't stay in his classroom unless I was with him. On the first day of kindergarten, he felt so grown up with his backpack, his school supplies and his new school clothes. He made sure that every one saw his backpack!

After his first day of junior high school, he came home in tears. The class schedule was confusing, the campus was bigger, and the school secretary wasn't as friendly as Ms. Tracy from his elementary school, who let him use the school phone to call me just to say, "Hi"! That's another story for another day.

Moe looked forward to his freshman year in high school and had a great first day. I remember thinking that his high school years would end quickly and it has. Time has sped by and I want it to slow down. So, if you know the secret to making time go slow, please share!

(This is Moe at his winter h.s. choral concert, last year. He's been involved in some type of choir since he was 10 years old)


Kristina P. said...

He looks so handsome!

The Crazy Coxes said... sweet!!! I love your post and I'm feeling a little like you because Bonehead Brother #1 had registration today. He starts his senior year in 2 weeks.
I hope Moe has a fabulous year!

septembermom said...

First of all, Moe looks so handsome in that photo!! It must be bittersweet to see him enter his senior year. I love reading about your memories about his other "firsts" in his school years. It does go fast. Be proud H.K. and RM, you guys did a fantastic job:)

mother goose said...

we have blessings prior to school beginning. i have my first one leaving the nest and in my last post I wrote a letter to myself on things I would tell myself if God gave me a do over for my first born leaving the nest.

I thought I sent an invite to you, what is your email address???

Heather said...

Aww - I love that photo of him!
And I wish we had a senior sunrise.. that sounds like fun!! Gah, I can't believe I've been graduated from high school for over six years... you are definitely right about time going by fast! Moe is the same age as my little brother - I can't believe he's starting his last year of school. He's still supposed to be a little boy!

Heatherlyn said...

Aw, your post made me tear up. It just goes by too too too quickly! I don't think I'll be ready when our time comes. A senior! Wow! And he sounds ready. You guys have done a great job as parents!

wenderful said...

Gosh, you are just about done. I can't even imagine that day, but I know it will be here before I know it. Enjoy this last year with your sweet guy. :)

Anonymous said...

He's so cute!

That sunrise tradition sounds nice.

caseman1 said...

He has grown up so sweetly. Tears came to my eyes as I read this because I know it will be happening to me before I blink my eyes. I will be praying for you this year! Love, Becky
(I am at my parents and not smart enough to know how to make my name come up :)

Wendy said...

Time is starting to go by so fast for me now too. It seems like I can't get ahead. How proud you must be of Moe! He sounds like a great guy! You did a good job rasing him. He will be in college next year.....that is just in a blink of an eye! Senior year is the best year...tell him to enjoy it to the fullest!

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Well what a suave lookin guy! THat year was my BEST year... such a sweet post! :)

Jenners said...

I love love love that photo! He looks so soulful!

And I love that you had this wonderful tradition. Too bad it ended but I guess that is part of being a parent!