May 27th, 2016, will be an exciting and monumental day for our family. Baby #4, our 3rd son, will be graduating from Rolla High School. The maroon graduation robe is hanging in his room, hooked on top of the curtain rod, and every time I walk by his open bedroom door I am startled, as it looks like a figure is standing there, from what my
Memories of this son’s childhood come flooding back to me a lot lately. Without getting too personal, he was the easiest delivery, he potty-trained himself, and taught himself to read at age 4! He just picked up our collection of Dr. Seuss books, and while I was homeschooling his 3 older siblings, he’d sit with those books on his lap and just figured out reading. I also remember how this child liked to be a contrarian. If the sun was shining and I said, “What a nice day out,” he’d be quick to retort that it was a cloudy and stormy day! When his siblings couldn’t wait to get out into the snow and sled or make a snowman, he was content to stay in the warm house. I’ve always told him it won’t surprise me at all if he chooses to live in the Southern U.S. where snow and frost and ice are rare.
Truman State University is his future spot for higher learning. He wants to be a doctor and with the hard work he has put in at school to earn all A’s, plus all of the extra curricular activities where he has helped lead, the scholarships have been a wonderful reward. He has mentioned wanting to work in the future with Doctors Without Borders, but for a pre-med student, that goal is a long ways off.
This is my son who loved to watch Disney’s animated movie, The Fox and The Hound. Over and over and over again, he’d ask to watch this dvd. Of course, I’d let him as it meant a chance for me to tackle household chores uninterrupted, but I did get a bit tired of hearing it play on the tv. I think a few days before he departs for college, I will have to pop this dvd in and watch it with him, and add in a big bowl of popcorn, and I might need the kleenax box nearby, too.
Before the final good-byes as he departs for this next chapter of his life, I hope he will know how proud of him his father and I are, how much we love him, and how rich our lives have been from God blessing our lives with him 18 years ago.