By: Amy Wise
Picture this…your sixteen-year-old comes home and says, “I want to talk to you and I really want you to listen and think seriously about what I’m going to say.” What is the first thing that goes through your mind? I know…me too…you hold your breath for a minute and hope for the best, right!? You just never know with teenagers! You just never know. So that’s what I did; I held my breath and I listened. The last thing that I expected to hear was, “I’ve decided to graduate high school a year early.” My eyes lit up, a little from relief and a little from shock, and then I said, “What…why?!” She said, “I’m done with high school and I’m really ready to move on with my future.” I said, “How on earth are you going to do this?” She said, “I knew you wouldn’t even listen if I didn’t have a plan, so I already have it all figured out. I’ve talked to everyone I need to talk to, and I know exactly what I need to do to get it done.” She knows me soooo well. Don’t just ask to do something; know how it’s going to get done. How could I not listen after hearing that? Not only did she have a plan, but she was beyond determined to make it happen. After I heard the plan, then we had to wait for Daddy to come home so we could talk to him about it. We make decisions as a family and this was big. Without going into every little detail, after much discussion, many phone calls to universities, and multiple meetings at the school, it was a go!
Well, that was five months ago and here we are today…our sixteen-year-old is graduating from high school exactly one year early. Yes, ONE YEAR EARLY! I can’t believe this day is here! How did this happen so fast?!? I’m not talking about the five months going by fast, I’m talking about our baby graduating from high school!
I know it’s a cliché, but I swear it was just yesterday that we were letting go of her little hands as she walked away to her classroom on the first day of kindergarten. Flash forward. This week we will be letting go of her little hands again as we watch “our baby” walk across the stage in her cap and gown to receive her high school diploma. Proud? That is an understatement! It’s all so surreal. Boy, did she earn this one. Big time! I have never seen such determination or hard work in my life. She knew it wasn’t going to be easy to finish school a year early; in fact she just told us the other day that she really wasn’t sure if she was going to be able to pull it off. But she did! Goal – set – done!
Tatiana has always had a mind of her own and has ALWAYS done things, shall we say, “her way”, but this…I’m speechless. It’s hard to truly express how proud we are of our beautiful daughter and all that she has accomplished in sixteen short years. Time truly does fly…and very soon, so will she.