This afternoon was a time of reflection. I received my oldest son's graduation announcement in the mail today. That sounds so awful. I received it IN THE MAIL. I should be there with him, watching the excitement mount as he prepares to enter "the real world." The reality is that he has been in the real world for much longer than any 18 year old should have been. I have hated having to be so far away from him the past year and a half. Don't get me wrong, I love my life here with Jim and Emily. I just wish we could all be together. I don't see that ever happening again on a long term basis. I miss Kyle and Zach very much. I looked at the announcement and the tears started to flow. My beautiful little man is now all grown up, graduating top of his class and about to go off to college. Seems like just yesterday that he made the comment to me "just think mom, it's only 7 years until I go off to college". Wasn't that just yesterday? Wasn't he just about to hit his "growth spurt" and shoot up about a foot over that summer? Wasn't he just having his first crush? Wasn't he still more interested in scooters and roller blades than girls and working? You hear it from your parents growing up but never believe them when they say that it will go by so fast and you will just wonder where the time has gone. I love you, son.