Graduation Day May 15, 2013

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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!!


About kellykrei

Husband to Michele Martinson Krei for 34 years and father of 23 year old twin boys, Kyle & Hunter, both endowed with Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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4 Responses to Graduation Day May 15, 2013

  1. Mark says:

    Congratulations Kelly & Michelle! Thanks for posting. The boy’s look great. You should be proud (we know you are). Thinking ahead I’m not sure Mitch will get in that gown let alone sit in the gym with all those kids! Hard to believe how fast the time has gone. Be well! Mark and Nina Dernell.


    • kellykrei says:

      Our journey is not complete but we are very happy to have spent part of it with you and your family. Gown or not, we look forward to seeing you again and sharing the more of the journey. Kelly & Michele


  2. Autism Mom Praying In The Storm says:

    Best wishes to you and your sons as they leave high school.It is bitter sweet, but God has his plans for these lives. Their faces show such joy and happiness. You sound like great parents. God bless and keep up the good work.


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