Friday, May 19, 2017
My second little Graduate
Tonight, as your brother did a year ago, you celebrated your very first graduation. You did it all in your own very unique style, with a lot of flair. It's amazing how sometimes you can be so much like your big brother, and then other times, it's like you are complete opposites.
Because of your very special birthday being on the last possible day to go to kindergarten next year, you were not only the youngest in your class, but one of the shortest and spunkiest. From the moment you walked into the sanctuary at church, you captured the attention. My heart about exploded while you stood up in front proclaiming "I love you, Mama" in front of everyone, even if you were talking over the person who was trying to speak to the crowd.
Uncle Jesse, Auntie Sam, and Belinda all joined in the celebration tonight, and you were delighted to have them there to celebrate. You waved enthusiastically at both of your siblings, who were excited to watch you perform. And... perform you did. You were the loudest, busiest one in the group. I wasn't surprised, and I was trying to hard not to stress out about the fact that you might have yelled at a couple people because you've definitely got a firecracker spirit and a mind of your own.
Your brother kept telling me how funny you were. Your sister kept telling me how awesome you were. And everyone knew you were ours.
You knew all the words, and so long as your tassle and your sash were on properly, you sang your little heart out and did explosive actions.
You were thrilled when you received your diploma and went running to hug your teacher.
Thank you for the goofy, joy-filled memories.
We are so proud of you. You've got big things ahead of you. I know sometimes, I wonder if you're listening or paying attention, but you prove time and time again that you are. You take after me in that you've got a vast expanse of trivia-type knowledge. You love the sea, shapes, colors, automobiles. You are stubborn though, so I never quite know what you know, because you only want to share on your own terms. Remember when I asked if you could write a 'C' and you said yes? I asked you to show me, you wrote an 'X' and I asked why. You said "Because I wanted to write an X, not a C."
That's how you roll, Ollie Bear.
I'm a little nervous for you to become a big boy and join the realms of elementary school. I worry that your temper may get the best of you, and your teachers might be a little overwhelmed. I hope they can give you hugs if you need, like your preschool teachers have learned to do. It almost always diffuses the situation and brings you back down to earth.
I know you're excited to go to school like your brother, and I know you'll love learning there too.
You've grown up so fast. I can hardly believe it. You're a graduate.
I love you, Ollie Bear. Thanks for all the joy you bring to my life, for teaching me unending patience and strength, and for not being ashamed to proclaim you love me, even when it's not perfect timing for the rest of the world. I'll never grow tired of hearing it.