1. It's my parents' 48th wedding anniversary!
|Happy 48th wedding anniversary to my parents, seen here|
with Damian at Woodbury University.
2. Damian is graduating from high school!
I've already cried twice today and it's only 9:30am.
A very sweet and dear teacher friend was telling me today about how she admired me and the ways in which I support my children. Her own kids are grown up and she has grandkids so she said she has the gift of experience and wanted to tell me how she was so proud of me and Chris. She sees that we will be reaping the rewards of our efforts today with our kids and she understands how hard it can be and empathized with me having to let Damian take a different path than what I had envisioned for him. Mrs. B. totally made me cry in the middle of class. She and I have always had amazing conversations and I just love her so much.
A word that kept coming up over and over in my mind was FAITH. I have a MyIntent bracelet with that word on it. I chose that word because I sometimes have to remind myself that I need to keep faith that things will work out the way that is best for all involved, specifically my children. Today, specifically for Damian.
What a wild ride the last 4 years have been. But with all those ups and downs, all those times I was worried about him and wondering how he would navigate this world which can be extremely cruel and unfair to the LGBTQ community and especially to the Transgender community, all those times of doubt about whether I was doing the right thing...it all lead up to this moment of him this morning before going off to his last day of school:
|June 7, 2018 - Last Day of High School!|
He's handsome, confident, and happy. He's excited about his future at Woodbury University. As my teacher friend said, he is mental and emotional ready to take on this world. What a gift his presence has been in our lives! I can't imagine him any other way. I feel as though I have really gotten to know him after his transition. It's a blessing that he was so brave and felt safe enough to come out to us and live his authentic life.
Damn I am just so PROUD of this kid! More pics coming after tonight's graduation!
|August 15, 2017 - First Day of Senior Year.|