Well, it’s that time of year. June. Spring has finally come to Michigan. Flowers are blooming, the grass is green. It feels like new beginnings are all around. Birds are chirping and chipmunks are nesting all over our yard ( including in our internet access wires box – but that is a story for another day ) Wedding season has begun ( it’s a season in the life of a photographer ) and it’s graduation time. I remember how I felt graduating from high school and college. That top of the world, no one can bring you down, feeling of elation. I’m definitely dating myself, but the hot song at the time was Blur’s Song 2. The main lyric was them singing Woo-Hoo over and over again, I sang it loudly and off key for months. Pure joy and happiness as I “rode the train” Quad City DJ’s style at graduation parties every weekend. Ugh. We were so cool.
But now, I’m also learning what graduation time feels like from another perspective … as a parent. My little girl has only two classes left of preschool, and her little “graduation” ceremony is this week. It’s so exciting watching your kids grow and flourish each step of the way At the same time it’s bittersweet watching your sweet little babies grow into independent young people – preparing to leave the nest. I so want her to be well prepared to fly on her own, and yet I also want to wrap my arms around her and hold her so tightly that she will never ever leave.
Each year as parents bring their new and soon-to-be high school seniors to me for graduation photographs, I high five the students on their accomplishments and big goals for the future. Then I hug their mamas, and tell them I can only imagine how they feel, and that we will make the most beautiful memories and photos for them to freeze this little moment in time. They all look at me with the same wistful look in their eyes, and now I understand my mom’s happy tears ( but tears none the less ) on my graduation days.
I want to give a big big CONGRATULATIONS to the class of 2015, to the students who have worked so hard, and to all of the parents who support them every step of the way. I was lucky enough to capture many beautiful memories for some seniors this year, and I’ll share a few here. I’m starting to book 2016 seniors now too, so if you or someone you know is getting ready to become a senior, I’ll be happy to help you make those memories too!