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Where did the time go?

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By Allison Shepherd

It’s that time of year when we get to watch cash strapped, teary eyed, last minute, emotional moms and dads of this year’s senior class, come in to the office to put that graduation ad in, or get a copy of the paper for somebody that lives out of town, or for the random, “I’m not sure where my paper went,” as we watch everyone trying to hang on to any memory of these big moments in their child’s life.

It’s the time of the year, when memories are made, and those of us that have ‘been there and done that,’ try to encourage the graduates to remember and cherish each moment, because ‘it’ll never be the same again’. The class they graduated with will never be the same. People move, classmates choose to never come to a class reunion, and without saying life happens, and some we will never see again.

Senior graduates are moving on into career fields, becoming newlyweds, they are heading off to college, or just taking the summer off to figure out what comes next, while parents look at them as if they should be back in kindergarten.

Well, I’m a mom that went through the above told story, only to be doing it all over, one more time. Yes, our son Dustin, graduated from high school in 2011, and this past week, our daughter, Kristen graduated from, you guessed it — kindergarten.

It does seem just like yesterday I put on that great big backpack on that little blond-haired boy and with tears in my eyes, sent him off to that big ol’ world, and now here is his sister graduating kindergarten, and as the mommy, I can’t imagine just how fast time flies.

Yes, I’ve heard it said, but I know it to be true, once they are in school, the next day they graduate.

So for all you moms that this senior year came all too soon, I understand. For all you moms wondering just how fast Kindergarten flew by this year, I understand.

To all you mom and dads of graduates — whether that be from pre-school, kindergarten, 5th grade, 8th grade, senior in high school or college grads — we all share in the moment of ‘it just seemed like yesterday.’

Congratulations graduates, we are so proud of all of you!