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This week is my eldest son's graduation from High School (we live in Australia). This has been a really tough year for him at school. He has never found study easy or "natural" and so for him to graduate is in and of itself an amazing achievement. The school have been awesome and have really done a lot to help him. They have supported and encouraged and cajoled and offered alternatives. So this week we find ourselves in the week of celebrations and milestones. He has worked hard, and learnt so many life lessons. I am really proud of the young man that he is. He is gentle and kind, he is intelligent and thoughtful, he is playful and loving. The world has some more hard storms to come his way and I pray he will weather them and come out stronger. It is right that we should celebrate as a family and with our friends. Lots of photos have been taken and so many more to come in the next day or so. His first full suit has been bought, and fitted and shown off, in preparation for Saturday night. His date has her gown, they have a classic car to arrive in, photos have been booked. The timetable of events is coming to it's triumphant conclusion. So many smiles and hugs and cheers and laughs and happy tears. So much joy. SOO much joy. And one massive hole. One gap in the photos. One less smile to see. One less hug to share. One less cheer. One fewer people to celebrate. Only one person is missing. His dad. 

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Comment by Callie2 on November 15, 2018 at 9:33am

If ever there is a time when you really feel that vacancy, it is times like this. I am glad to hear he made it, you can and should be proud Mom. My neighbor, who passed away a couple years ago, had a daughter that graduated college. On top of her cap, she had written, Thanks Mom. I thought that was sweet. Sorry Em. We miss them in so many ways... 

Comment by only1sue on November 14, 2018 at 10:41pm

Sorry his Dad is not there to see your son graduate. My oldest grandson has just finished his HSC and graduated. His parents and two grandmothers are still around to wish him well.  I wish his grandfather, my husband Ray, was here too to share this moment. The gap will always be there but it should mean we also appreciate the support we have. Sad that our dear ones missed out on these milestones. (((hugs)))

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