Archive for June 10th, 2011

Graduation Day!

It began on September 2, 1998…

My oldest son’s first day of school.

Back then it seemed like today would always be in the future.

People say it, but it is true, time flies!

Back in the younger grades, I was the one who made sure he got to the bus stop on time.

Made sure he had a snack (wish a had a dollar for every one of those I packed).

Nagged him about getting his homework done. (Okay, that one didn’t stop until a couple of days ago!)

But those days are over.

Tonight my son will join 853 of his fellow classmates for his high school’s commencement ceremony.

That’s right, 854 graduates!

Just a hunch, but I’m thinking it might take some time to get through that list of names!

My son will come along fairly early in the ceremony. Plenty of time for him as well as Mom & Dad to sit and ponder what lies ahead for him.

A couple of months of working at local golf course, having some summer fun and then it will be time to leave for college.

A big change!

Living on his own for the first time and meeting new friends.

But in the meantime, he will also be saying goodbye to many close friends.

His class size was large but my son often said it seemed like a big “family”.

He was fortunate to have many great friends and he definitely enjoyed the social side of high school. It is starting to hit home for him that they are about to go their separate ways and he really won’t be seeing them much in the coming years.

His best friend and a boy who is like a son to me leaves in a couple of weeks for basic training at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. He will also be playing football for the Falcons, which means we probably won’t be seeing him much at school breaks either.

He has been a big part of our lives and in a short time we will miss not seeing him on an almost daily basis.

As sad as that is, I am thrilled that he gets to live his dream! And I am also extremely grateful that he was my son’s friend all of these years!

Since I am leaving on an extended Boy Scout trip this week, I will say my goodbyes to this outstanding young man on Tuesday, something I am not looking forward to!

Sometimes change is difficult and I guess my son isn’t the only facing it!

(Thank goodness for the social network!)

On the happier side…

We held my son’s grad party this past weekend and it went great! Mother Nature helped us out and gave us our first nice weekend of the year.

How nice?

85 degrees and sunny!

How thankful were we?

Three days later it was 103 degrees in the Twin Cities and very windy. Today, it is raining and we may get to 62 degrees!

Can you say, roller coaster!

Remember the life size cutout of my son that I was working on?

Thanks to a little glue and some duct tape I was able to deliver it in one piece to the school just in time for tonight’s post-ceremony, all night grad party!

Time flies!

First day of school for my son!


As I mentioned, next week I leave for a two week backpacking trip to New Mexico. I will be running the “Best of Dad’s Day” while I am gone. Be sure to check out the site and see some of my favorite ‘toons!

New ‘toons will be back on July 1st as well as stories from my backpacking adventure!