Yep. This just happened. It’s getting real now.
Avery had her IB Banquet last Friday. There are only 9 kids who are completing the program out of a school that is about 1300 students. The school did a nice catered meal and program to honor these students. Teachers spoke about each student and their strengths. It was amazing! It was evident how well the teachers knew the students. What a great feeling as a mom to know that teachers know my child so well and have mentored her for several years now. I know many think public education has many flaws, but this is an example of the best it has to offer. These teachers have pushed Avery to do things she never thought she could do. They have pulled her along when she started to slack off – like all teenagers do from time to time. They have nurtured her and told her the hard things she didn’t always want to hear (so much better coming from them than me. Teenagers never listen to their moms!). I owe a debt of gratitude to these teachers and the school for molding Avery into the person she is now. I think some of them deserve parenting credits too!
Only 3 more weeks and Avery will be graduating. Time is a cruel friend at times. We have planned all her life for her to be successful, independent, and ready to go to college alone. Now that it’s here, I don’t want it to come. I know that after she leaves my house and lives on her own, things will never be the same. Sure, she will always be my daughter, but she will be my adult daughter. Bittersweet.
Avery you are my favorite today. We are so very proud of you, but what I wouldn’t do for one more year😊.
Avery +12/-3, Brooke +12/-2, Kate +14/-6, Me 0/-2