This time, it’s family. My own family to be exact. My “baby”, my oldest son, Joshua, is graduating from James Madison University on May 8th, 2010. He is graduating with a BS in Accounting, and a minor in Computer Information Systems. Marty and I are both incredibly proud of this “man-boy” of ours who must, we admit, be just a man now. We look at him and see the little boy he once was, and the teenager he just was…and now the man he has become. Watching that happen is something only another parent will understand, but it’s something pretty special for sure. I won’t be sad at this graduation, because I know it’s the start of something wonderful for him. Watching him graduate high school was different, I was truly watching the end of something then – but now I’m going to witness the START of something. I can’t wait to watch the rest of his life unfold!
Made even more special for our family is the fact that he will graduate from James Madison with his very good friend, Andrew Yorio. The Yorio family and the Schuchman family have been friends since both these boys were 1 year old, when the Schuchmans moved to Spotsylvania and had the opportunity to meet and get to know the Yorio family. Our families grew over the years, and even though the Schuchman family moved to Northern Virginia when Josh and Andrew were 7, we remained bonded and geography could never break that bond. When Andrew transferred to JMU in his junior year, the boys (including our youngest, Matt, also at JMU) made a plan to live together in their “last year” and so they’ve enjoyed a wonderful year of friendship and laughs. I know Matt will sorely miss that, but the hope is that these men will remain life long friends. From a parent standpoint, I know Beth and Jeff Yorio will be beside Marty and I emotionally on graduation day as we see their stories unfold in our minds…and we each will remember the little boys pushing wagons and plastic lawn mowers…swimming (or not!), birthday parties, and a few things we’d probably rather not remember too….LOL…
Our mental movies will play on graduation day, but the movie will play on after that day….you boys are so surrounded by love….
And the next chapter begins…I’ll keep you posted!