Tomorrow we will untether the last of your moorings as you graduates high school. I’m still in a state of belief that this day has come, after all, it seems like just yesterday we were bringing you home from the hospital. The point was driven home tonight as I drove to the rink with his younger brothers to watch you play a beer league hockey game. You are now everybody’s favorite player because of your youth and because you can drive dad home post-game.
The process of letting you go and become independent doesn’t start tomorrow at high school graduation; it started way before you even set foot in high school. I remember being struck by this fact when you started preschool. When we dropped you off for your first day, it was tempting to walk in with you and get you situated, but on your grandma’s advice we didn’t. You walked in to class confidently and got yourself squared away. I won’t lie, there was a little pain mixed in with the joy of seeing you gain independence. We parents like to feel needed. This was the first time we as parents had unmoored one of his moorings.
With each passing year, each new stage, trust was gained and with it more independence. More moorings were released. While graduation tomorrow represents the culmination of this journey, even though the moorings are no longer tied to our dock, we will always be here to guide, advise, listen to music with, play hockey with and love you.