The last year of high school can be rough for the parents too, you know.
Let's be honest: I've started about fifty-seven stories in my head in the last 8 or so months. About a dozen made it to a sticky note or the back page of my notebook I carry in my Nike tote. But none have been published to this page. Why? Finding the time to complete those thoughts, and taking a photo to accompany the thought, was just more than I could handle. And that's because when someone in your household is having their senior year of high school - you are ALL going through the senior year of high school.
I don't mean to be flip. The actual high school senior is doing the major lifting, of course, but the families provide that solid foundation and support structure for all of the transitions and navigating that comes along with the senior year.
The senior photos, the college visits, the late-night talks, the SATs/ACTS/AP exams, the "conversations" about curfews and how that might change when they turn 18, the last first day of school, senior recognition sports games, the many applications for college/financial aid/scholarships, dealing with rejection, celebrating successes, attending accepted student days to help make decisions, paying deposits, the award nights, senior week, graduation, Project Grad, graduation parties, and college orientation days. And that's just the quick, off-the-top-of-my-head list. A few variations to this list if your high school senior decides that the military, apprenticeship, or workforce paths are best for them at this point in their lives....but many of these milestones are very similar. And the emotional roller coaster is sure to be applicable.
I look forward to sharing some of these stories, as well as some of what I've learned along the way.
You can also expect to see more stories about youth sports in the area: the 2018 Granite State Games just wrapped up and I'll give you a roundup of how our region (Monadnock) did; the 12U Lebanon Youth Baseball All-Stars will be starting their quest for the NH State Cal Ripken championship in just a few days; NH will once again be represented by a talented young fisherman from Enfield in the national tournament; and summer sports camp season is upon us. Stay tuned!