Every year, around this time, I become more aware of how I'm not getting any younger. These "kids" just keep growing up. I say to myself that I really can't be that old...then this happens...I remember when Ryan mom was pregnant with him. So yes, I am "that old."
But then again, I was reminded just the other day that age is just a number. Whether I be 30 (plus a few years) or 18, we can all feel like life is about to take an exciting turn and look forward to a bright future. Whatever it may be.
Being a Senior in high school just happens to point out the obvious; life is about to change and it's going to be exciting and Ryan is no exception.
He is looking forward to what this next season will bring, still deciding on which school to continue his studies. His parents are full of support and encouragement, so he will be able to set out confidently in whatever direction he chooses.
I think this might be what I appreciate most about small town living; not just watching the kids, but watching the parents. Watching them teach, train, coach, support, cheer, and just plain love their kids. Ryan's parents gifted him with the consistency of his father, "The Farmer" and the innovative love of knowledge of his mother, "The Educator." Its clear to me Ryan will carry these values with him throughout life.
Enjoy your year of "lasts," Ryan. Make some great memories and be good to your mom. Her baby boy is about to leave the nest!
And one more picture... just because I love it when the family gets involved!
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