2016 is upon us, and this year brings quite a few changes to my life. For starters, my oldest son will turn 18 and graduate high school this May. For me, this is quite a bittersweet experience, because while I am certainly proud of the young man he has become, letting go of my boy is proving to be quite the challenge. His brother will officially begin high school in the fall, so my years as a homeschool mom are waning, and after so many years of being busy with school and having my time spent with my children I am left to wonder, what happens next? I can’t imagine my days without my kids. I have been preparing them for this moment since the beginning, and I am so excited to see them start their future, but it makes me a little sad at the same time…
However, before then my son and I are going on a trip up to Washington D.C. to look at some schools. He has worked really hard and is paying for the trip himself. He is still a little unsure of what exact career path he wants to take, but he has narrowed it down to medicine or something in law. While he will do his undergraduate work here in Florida since we have done the Prepaid college program since our boys were little, he really likes the idea of going to DC for his graduate work. As a young man, he is dying to get out of our small town and experience life in the big city, a feeling I understand as I too grew up in a small town and I had quite the wanderlust in my younger days. It is just him and I going on this trip together, and it reminds me of the college road trip my mom and I took to New York when I was in high school. I am really looking forward to spending a week alone with him. We will of course get to do some fun things up there too and stay with family in the area.
I also have a lot to do for him between now and the end of the year. There are transcripts to take care of, graduation to prep for (my state has a big homeschool graduation ceremony every year), applications to fill out. It’s overwhelming just thinking about it!
My hubby and I are also involved with some friends of ours in opening a business and boy is that stressful too. However, we believe it will be worth the reward in the end, and so we move ahead in the hopes that by the end of 2016, we will be running a successful and profitable operation.
So, it looks like I will be making quite a few adjustments in 2016. Some will be easier than others, but change is a good thing, right? And no matter what, you can’t stop the world from turning, so I’m just going to put a smile on my face and take it one day at a time.