Graduation Gift

Pat Persaud

This article, entitled "Graduation Gift," comes from Pat Persaud, MomsEveryday blogger from Omaha, NE.

Eighteen years ago, my husband and I were overjoyed when we got the news that we were expecting a baby boy!

Truthfully, my husband was overjoyed. I was joyful at the thought of having a baby but in reality when I found out the baby was a boy I was scared to death!

Maybe it was because I grew up with three annoying brothers that I thought, "what the heck am I going to do with a boy?" My brothers were absolutely stinkers to me growing up! I was their only sister, defenseless against their non -stop teasing! (They've since redeemed themselves and are my good friends today - thankfully!)

And as my almost 18 year old son, my baby boy, prepares to graduate from high school, I have to say I can't imagine life without him! He was the sweetest little boy! Loved his Mommy so much!

A few memories of him:

  • His irresistible smile and open arms to welcome me home after work
  • Sitting in his room, reading and watching cartoons early in the morning. (We loved the big purple dinosaur but he won't admit that today!)
  • Little Green Army Guys
  • Waking me up bright and early to let me know "it's time for breakfast Mommy!"
  • The many ways he expressed his love

I could go on and on!

I don't remember when exactly he stopped calling me Mommy. But as he grew, I noticed the boy who depended so much on me for everything didn't need me as much. Yes, there were days when he challenged my patience to say the least! He's not perfect but I love him - unconditionally!

His pulling away makes me sad as I sit here combing through snapshots of his young life to adorn the graduation reception we will have for him. But then, I realize this all means I'm doing my job as mom, as a parent!

I have to admit, letting go is one of the hardest things for me to do as a parent! I love being a Mommy! I got used to being Mom to a growing boy!

Now it's time to get used to being a mom to a young man of character, a young man of conscience and a young man who is his own person.

Lumir Zachary Drahota graduates from high school on Mother's Day. I plan on taking a pack of Kleenex along for both my husband and I!

I understand that letting go, for me, is the best graduation present I can give to my beautiful son!

My heart is full and I am overjoyed!

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