We’ve been busy with high school graduations lately. It’s hard to believe that my youngest graduated ten years ago!
My parents have 13 grandchildren. Numbers 11 and 12 graduated from high school last week.
Gable is the last child of my brother and sister-in-law, so it’s been fun to welcome them to the empty nest years, although I did warn them that the fun of those years don’t really start until you get to quit paying for college!
Andrew is the middle child of my youngest sister. Her last one will graduate in 2024, so she and my brother-in-law are on the cusp of empty nesting, too!
In all the years of growing up and getting older, I somehow never realized that my siblings and I would all eventually end up in the same stage of life—empty nesting. I have one sister and brother-in-law with whom we are already enjoying a new relationship in this stage. In fact, they just entered the grandparents club yesterday! It makes me happy to continue adding our siblings to these new stages of life.
Our family also experienced a graduation of another kind a couple of weeks ago. My aunt—my dad’s brother’s wife—graduated from earth to heaven. Now all my parents’ siblings and spouses are gone, leaving only my parents of their generation in both families. It was a sweet time of remembrance as well as a gentle reminder than time continues to march forward for us all.
On top of all this, our house issues remain. Bad news piled on bad news. And now we’re waiting to see what insurance will cover and when the repairs can begin. Sigh.
So our May—which I’ve often contended is busier than December—has been as busy as ever, even with our own kids long past the graduations stage.
What has kept you busy in May?