Tears of Joy
I can't believe I'm sending my third child off to college in three weeks.
Where has the time gone?
If feels like just yesterday Joshua was pushing that little lawn mower. Not that I can get him to push a real one these days but he has certainly done an amazing job pushing his way through life.
After losing his Father in the line of duty 3 years ago, I worried about what road my boy would decide to travel down. He was stuck to his father like glue. They were best buds doing everything together from fishing, working out, playing basketball everyday at the Y to just hanging out watching tv shows. I knew he was tremendously hurting inside but he decided to focus on football, his education and spending time with his close friends that all had the same goals that he had.
So here we were at graduation day.
One of my favorite things, pictures with all my children together. I try to get as many as possible. Not their favorite thing to do but they always put a smile on for their Mother. I love this bunch beyond words.
Now the time has come and High School is done. It's time to go off into this big mysterious world on his own. Off to Endicott College to major in Criminal Justice. We have been buying his dorm items a little at a time. I have gotten some great advice from friends and family as far as what items to send him with. Last night a family member said to put together a plastic storage container with a bunch of health items. I didn't even think of that. Cold medicines, cough drops, band-aids, etc. I'm loving all the helpful ideas.
I'm so excited for my boy yet so sad inside. I just pray that I did a good enough job being Mom and Dad these past few years. I had to teach this boy how to be a man and from what I see, he's an amazing one!