Well… another one of our six children has passed through the milestone of graduating from High School. Yesterday afternoon Sam walked across the stage with a variety of honor cords and a medal drapped around his neck to accept his diploma.
Sam is the second of our six kids to do so and while I am equally proud of both Eli (’09) and Sam (’11), this one feels different. With Eli we still had the summer together before he headed off to college. And when he left for college it was only an hour away. It was difficult but not overwhelming because of the distance.
But one week from today we will witness Sam being sworn into the Marine Corps and say goodbye for 13 weeks. We plan to be at his graduation from boot camp but it feels very different. There’s a certain sense of finality because of Sam being away and unavailable.
I know that we’ll see and be with Sam beyond this week but it will be much less often and at the discretion of the Marines. And beyond boot camp who knows. Once he’s deployed anything can happen.
It is causing us – Susan and I – to be much more aware of making the most of every moment. Last night was the last Sunday night – perhaps ever – that Sam, Valerie and the younger four kids will play volleyball in the backyard, cards at the picnic table and make smoores over a campfire.
It’s a new day and a new week. Don’t assume that those you care about the most will be here tomorrow. Love them today! Cherish the time you have together!
Make the most of every moment!