Ready or Not My Son Graduates From High School This Saturday

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Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty
Daniel Joseph Pizappi Jr.
Pine Bush High School Class of 2008

I have spent 18 1/2 years giving you wings and now it's your time to fly!

I am having trouble letting go but I hope I am not being too clingy.  It all started back in 1989 when I spent the summer and early fall waiting for you to arrive.  I always said you were three weeks late because you were comfortable where you were but maybe it was me trying to keep you to myself. But they finally had to help you out on November 1st and it wasn't a moment too soon .  At 10.5 pounds there was not much more room for you where you were.

You grew up so fast.  I remember our trips in the red wagon to the library when you were only two.  You were still mostly your Dad's and mine then. Along with your Grandparents and our friends your world was complete.  No need to go out into the world without those who loved you most close by.

Then suddenly it was the first day of preschool when you were three and a half.  I cried so hard after I left you in Mrs Thampe's hands at Rainbow Corner's Nursery School.  You were only there 2 hours twice a week but it was a long time without you for me.  It was then that your world started to expand.  You found friends and met other adults who helped you to learn.

In a blur you were going off to Kindergarten.  It was only a half day back then but I missed you soooo much. Then it was on through grade school at two different schools where you learned to adjust to new surroundings and make new friends.  Every year your world grew to include more and more time away from me.

Oh there was that first day on the bus to middle school when we first moved to Pine Bush.  You came back through the door after school and said that there were at least 180 kids on that bus and you were never getting back on it. It was over crowded but it definitely had a few less than 180 on board.

Through middle school you traveled and suddenly it was high school orientation in August of 2004.  The principal said welcome class of 2008 and I caught my breath.  How could it be so soon?  You grew from an intelligent, caring young teen into a wonderful talented young man.  I remember seeing you play your music on stage for the first time. Hearing the beautiful songs that you write is a wonder to me and your art work blows me away.  

This year you registered to vote for the first time and proudly headed for the polls on primary day.  You asked me to go with you but only if I could assure you that they wouldn't make me go into the booth with you. Of course they didn't and you voted your own conscience.  

I still get anxious every time you go out of the driveway and say a prayer that you will come home to me safe and sound. I am trying so hard not to overreact and ask you not to go.  All right I do tell you to be careful every single time you go but hey, I'm your Mom, we do that :-)

You graduate this Saturday from Pine Bush High School with a Regents Degree with Honors.  I am so proud of you.  College and the rest of your life awaits. No I can't keep you here forever but I hope you know that I will always be on your side even though I won't always be at your side

"I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be."                                                                                                                                     Robert Munsch Author

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Shaun Wren
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Congrats. Is he going to college next? Good luck to him either way.

Jun 26, 2008 09:18 AM #1
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Paddy - congratulations on your son's graduation.  What a wonderful tribute.  He's sure a lucky young man to have a mother like you, and you have good reason to be proud!

Jun 26, 2008 09:19 AM #2
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Congrats. You've done a fine job! Let that boy fly, put your trust and confidence into him and you'll watch him soar!

Jun 26, 2008 09:19 AM #3
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Cooper Jacobs
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Congrats!  Mine is soon to follow - crazy how fast it goes:)

Jun 26, 2008 09:19 AM #4
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Congrats. My son graduated 6 years ago and he needs me as much today as ever. Enjoy his successes!

Jun 26, 2008 09:23 AM #5
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Paddy ~ Mine is this Sunday.  Reading your post was like looking inside myself.  I too can't believe it has gone so quickly.  Tonight I just sent him off to prom - a handsome young man in a tuxedo, but I saw the 4 year old in his first cute little suit on an Easter Sunday 14 years ago.  I love the quote you ended with too.

Jun 26, 2008 11:17 AM #6
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Kudos and Congrats! That is awesome, Paddy. Hey Kathy, the prom thing can be a bit unnerving. Huge milestone from youth to budding adult. Thank God my little minions are still small. I'm not ready for them to leave the sandbox yet. Still figuring things out, I'm afraid. The teen years fill me with angst and Noah isn't even in first grade yet. (Sigh...) The emotional things mommies go through... Great post Paddy!

Jun 26, 2008 11:27 AM #7
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Joyce Dawkins - Buyers First Choice Realty

Paddy,

Real Mothers always feel this way.  And, especially if he's your only child.  When my son, Vince, graduated from high school several years ago, I thought how am I going to protect him from this crazy world.  He decided to go to college in Chicago, Il and will graduate this May 2009.  I still call him often, although he does not always answer.  And, really I don't expect him to but I do want him to know that I am near.  I learned how to send texts because he would respond quicker to a text than a phone call.

Each night I would worry God to watch over him while in Chicago.  One summer, the night before he left for school, he was in a car accident right around the corner from our home.  He said a deer crossed his path. I learned from that moment on to stop worrying.  God is everywhere, in Maryland and even in Chicago.  When you don't think he was listening, believe  me, he was hearing and digesting everything you said. Let him fly!

I am happy to say that I have a great MAN SON!! And, it sounds like you do too!

 

 

 

 

Jun 26, 2008 11:44 AM #8
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Shuan - He is going to college in the fall Thanks for the Congrats

Thanks Penny - I am proud of him and proud to be his Mom

John - He will fly and I will let him, it is just hard.  Thanks for the comment

Congratulations to your son Cooper it is crazy fast

Bring the tissues Kathy They can't stop us from crying!

Carolyn Just keep doing what you are doing and those boys will do great, you will be a wreck just like I am right now, but it's all good.  Did you ever read the book "I'll Love You Forever..."? It will bring on the tears for sure.

Your son is lucky you care so much Joyce He does appreciate your caring but we all need to let go a bit.

 

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Oh my goodness, Paddy, I'm crying so hard, I can barely see what I'm typing.  My boys are still just babies- 3 and 1-year-old, but it seems like they were just born.. where does the time go?

Congratulatons to your son and to you.  It sounds like you've raised a talented, intelligent, and responsible young man.  I hope you take some time to enjoy him this summer before he goes to college. 

Jun 26, 2008 02:40 PM #10
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Thanks for the comment Becky - We will be together for a while yet.  He is off to Gettysburg for the 145th anniversary reenactment with his Dad on the fourth then we are going to our lake house in SC for a week.  He is going to OCC here in Middletown and then he is thinking of New Paltz for next year. He will be local for a while anyway. His girl is going this year for photo journalism at New Paltz so he will probably up by your neck of the woods a lot.  

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Paddy, That's great that he'll remain close to you for a while.  When I went away to college, it really helped me grow up, but it was also so hard, I missed my family so much.  (And of course my mom was a basketcase).

Jun 26, 2008 11:09 PM #12
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Congrats Paddy - what a wonderful paean to your son and you family. What a terrific thing for he and your husband to be doing for the 4th.

Jun 26, 2008 11:40 PM #13
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Just call me a basketcase too Becky.  But I trust he knows what to do and when to do it. Have a good day.

Thanks Mike.  We do Civil War reenactmentsa lot as a family but the girls did not want to go this time.  The guys are excited though.

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Congrats Paddy!  My baby is 3 and I can't begin to imagine the day she'll walk across that stage.  However, it feels like yesterday that I was holding her in my arms for the first time.  So I know that time will be here before I know it.

Jun 27, 2008 11:19 AM #15
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Thanks Tracy She will grow up with a great mom who loves her and be just as wonderful.  Give her hugs from me and be open and close with her throughout her life.  Respect for each other is the key to making it through the teens.  

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