You started your senior year like every one of us, holding your breathe. You didn't know what would happen, what would come next. You didn't know what to expect. None of us did.
With anxious hearts and nervous minds, you started what was supposed to be that best year of your life so far at home. You didn't get to see all of your friends that you grew up with.
Oh sure, you probably saw a few of your besties over the summer. And I'm sure you facetimed even more.
Then they said we were coming back to school, but on a split schedule. Well... ok... hopefully your very best friend would be there on the same day.
We got word that sports were going to resume, but with restrictions. Well... ok... at least you got to play the sport you loved, right. Even though it was a little weird.
Away sporting events became a struggle, but you were playing!
Wait, did they just say we were having a semi normal homecoming? Well... ok... it's slightly different, but hey, it's homecoming, right?!
A pep rally? Really? Oh, it's virtual? That's ok. We'll take anything we can get.
Travel restrictions have been lifted? Hallelujah!
Everyone can come back in person? On the same day? That's great!
Clubs are available now too? Awesome!
They just announced a prom!!
And plans for graduation! A normal graduation...
Dear Class of 2021, we salute you! We honor you! We celebrate you!
We have been to hell and back with you!
We are truly happy for you, but please don't hold it against some of us if we cheer you own through a few tears of our own.
Yes, graduation celebrations are always filled with tears of happiness, uncertainty, fear, and a little sadness at your growing up, but some of us are shedding tears for other reasons as well.
So yes, class of 2021, even though this is your time to shine, some of us are struggling
a little more than others.
A Mom of the Class of 2020