Cue the processional: Pomp and Circumstance, composed by Sir Edward Elgar.
I cannot believe how fast the years have gone, it seems like only yesterday I was walking out of the delivery room. With my video camera in my hand, to catch their reaction, I told my Dad and Mother-in-law about the new girl in the family. Where has the time gone? According to Debbie, not only is Bec graduating, we are all graduating. After going to, being involved in and participating within the Paramus school systems for 15 years, it is time for the Zeiler family to close that chapter of not only Bec’s life, but ours as well.
The ceremony was held on the football field, where 2 weeks earlier we did the Relay for Life. Everyone cheered for their child as they were handed their diplomas (parents love this kind of stuff). Each year, a small group of parents plans Project Graduation – a supervised event after the graduation held at a top-secret location with top-secret activities. This year, amongst guesses and rumors that included night hiking, the Lincoln Tunnel and a haunted mansion, the newly graduated arrived in Weehawken to board a yacht around NYC (dancing, casino and dinner). After midnight, it was back on the buses to the second secret spot, a county beach (Food Trucks, Hula / Fire dancing, Comedian and Hypnotist). Debbie was part of the planning team and I had the honor of being one of the chaperones. I am grateful for the opportunity to have been included and witness former high school seniors having a great time at this awesome sendoff, before they venture forth towards the next phase of their lives. As we pulled back into town, we had seven buses of tired teens with a final great memory of high school.
Here is what I learned from this part of our experience:
- It is important to enjoy the time you have with your children while they are young.
- It is important to enjoy the time you have with your children while they are growing up.
- It is important to enjoy the time you have with your children when they are grown up.
Important for you, since the time goes quickly – you only have now to spend with them. Past time spent is history and time not yet spent is the future. Time now creates the things you will remember.
Important for them, since the time goes quickly – they only have now to spend with you. Past time spent is history, to teach them how to become the persons that they will develop into; and time not yet spent is the future. Time now creates the memories they will have of you and the legacy you will one day leave behind.
“Remember, the goal is not to raise great kids; it's to raise kids who become great adults.” ~ Andy Andrews
Cue the recessional: 76 Trombones by Meredith Willson.