I’m not quite sure where the last 12 years have gone much less the last 18, but I am very sure in my gratitude for everyone involved in our lives most specifically the last 12. I remember very well the tears I shed as I took Kyle and Hunter to their first day of school for first grade and I was fortunate that two other parents dropping their children on their first day of school said “hello”. They introduced themselves and told me their children were also in first grade.
My gratitude for my family, friends, neighbors, teachers, paraprofessionals and the community we live in is immeasurable, we have been truly blessed to have had your help and guidance and we thank you for sharing our journey. You have helped Kyle and Hunter get through 12 years of school, first grade to senior year in 12 years.
Tomorrow I will shed more tears, tears of joy for the accomplishments our sons have made and for those involved in the lives of Kyle and Hunter as well as Michele and I. And tears for the unknown, I’ve been asked more than once ‘What’s next?’ and to be very honest, I don’t know. I’ve spent every minute of the last 12 years preparing myself for tomorrow in order to answer that question and I find myself feeling just like I did when I graduated from high school 34 years ago . . . I don’t know what’s next and I don’t have all the answers but I do know this, the sun will rise and the world will continue to spin and I will keep searching for the answer.
I also know or at least hope that you will continue this journey with me, after all you may have the answers to at least one of my questions, maybe more, maybe all; and then we can start asking new questions . . . who knows?
Until then, enjoy each day responsibly and stay voracious in your search and your journey and your life.
Thank you my friends, pay it forward and pass the tissue!!