My neighbor’s daughter is graduating high school and headed off to Iowa in a few months. At the garage sale I held last weekend, I had more than one mom want to buy kitchen items for her children who were newly graduated and moving out on their own. And they aren’t alone. Fortunately, I have a few years before I’m in that boat. Mine haven’t even graduated elementary school yet – and yes, there is an official graduation ceremony for them.
Thanks to Alissa from Clever Compass who asks this week’s #VlogMom question:
Just because I have a “few” years to go doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about graduation and what it means. For me, the biggest idea in my head around graduation is that the kids have accomplished something huge. They made it on to the next stage in life. And that next stage in life can be hard and brutal.
I was lucky in that I got a job as a management consultant out of college. I had a signing bonus. And my first paycheck was larger than what my mom had ever received in her life. But even so, when I created my first budget to figure out how much I could spend on thing, I was shocked. Life outside the bubble of my parents’ protection was not pretty.
But it’s doable. I did it, and there are so many others who have and did and can and will, too.