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June 13, 2011 - Kathleen Palumbo
Because I have twice experienced high school graduation through the eyes of a parent, at this time of year I often find myself thinking of the many families being exposed to the happiness, excitement, fear, and yes, disbelief that 18 years have passed and their child is spreading his or her wings.

I wrote this four years ago, dedicating it to my son. At that time, it ran in the Town Crier, and was repeated the following year for my daughter. Now, here it is again for all of you. Congratulations to the graduates of the class of 2011, and most certainly to the parents of those graduates.


Yesterday…… I saw your face for the first time, looking at me as if you’d known me forever. Today…… I’ll beam with pride as your face stands out to me amongst many others. We’re connected, you and I.

Yesterday…… You skinned your knee and I dried your tears and told you silly jokes to calm you. Today…… You’ll stand tall as you walk to get your diploma. Even you will marvel at how quickly your high school years went by.

Yesterday…… I left you at pre-school for the first time, and then spent twenty minutes crying in the parking lot. Today…… I went weak in the knees as I watched you don your cap and gown.

Yesterday…… You questioned me as you strived for freedom and independence for the first time. Today…… That hard-earned independence will help you begin to choose your path in life.

Yesterday…… Friendship grew into something more, and you fell in love for the first time. Today…… I know what loves means to you and that whomever you choose to spend your life with is a very lucky person.

Yesterday…… I knew that I would always be there for you. Today…… Well, some things never change.


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