Wednesday, May 28, 2008

forward now



It's a beautiful morning, it's a beautiful day...thinking I should write something, spread some good cheer. The sun is shining, though still a bit cool outside-but my beans did germinate, reason enough to celebrate! But...there's more! The big, big boy- the one who changed schools mid Senior year, last of his high school days- HAS GRADUATED!!!! He has, in his own stubborn way, on his own terms, finished his education...well, the institutional kind, but I think, yes I do believe he might just keep surprising us, again...in his own way- with more triumphs. We'll be having a diploma party on this here little farm as soon as I can get his band together to perform. What joy! Imagine, a party worth celebrating with music and food and fun and maybe volleyball- and the guest of honor, Mathew- beaming from ear to ear...though not near as wide of a grin as his mother will wear. I gotta tell ya, I was wondering if this day would ever arrive. He is so stubborn, so boyish sometimes, and yet the man in him stepped up and pulled this one off...we didn't really know if he would. We prayed and hoped and begged even, but in the end...he had to decide to get er done, and by golly he did.

Phone conversation Friday: "Hello?" "Mom, you won't believe what has happened to me..." "Oh no Mathew, what?????" "I'm gonna graduate..." "WHAT?!!!You what???? You're not kidding?" "Nope, found out today, thought it might make your day..." "Oh my gosh Mathew, alright!!! Good job!!! Oh, I am so happy, so proud, oh thank you son, thank you..." "Yep." "Love you son...." "Love you too mom."

And then his dad called me, joyfully tearful...and then his sister, and then friend Kathy...and on and on, the phone calls, the well wishes, the good good news. So- with that in mind, I thought I should put it all right out here, share some wonderful news.

What a difference a day makes, an earnest delivery of the stuff...and on to the next right thing, and the next right thing...yep, he pulled it off. Mathew has come a lonnng way...he doesn't often realize the good in him, the strengths he employs. He doesn't know how he often can light up a room, with his smile, his jokes...oh boy, this big ole boy doesn't realize his own worth at times, but he sure is walking a little taller today, I think he feels quite proud of himself. There, within it all- is the key. To be proud of one's accomplishes, to realize that it is always within us to rise, no one or nothing can give that to us...faith must first come from within, then out and above and all around. I think the picture has widened for my young man, I think he can put that foot forward now...the one he had such a hard time extending. Oh can you tell I am beside myself with joy?! Boy oh boy, such a long hard road he took...and now he is standing just where he wanted to be...on his own two feet.
Be well, take care...

4 comments:

fran said...

Good for Mathew! I hope you don't mind me saying, but he's got his brother's eyes.

Later, dudette!

bam said...

oh my goodness gracious, am i ever glad my day slowed down enough to spin on over here, and find out all the hoopla goin on. i'm near crying and i hardly know matthew. only know a fraction how much you love him, adore him. shine the world on him. he has a soft spot in my heart. i am darn proud. and thrilled for you. i can see you beamin. and how sweet his phone call. thought i'd make your day....indeed! blessings, big fat bouquets. wish i could come help you cook up a storm for that lil farm party. how come somehow i don't think it will be so little at all......

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a phone conversation I have had with my parents a couple of times. lol congrats. The hurdles will never stop but at least he (and you) knows he can jump. Your Friday Lunch guy, dan

kim W. said...

Good for Mathew!!! Congratulations to him - you are so proud of him and you should be. Thanks for sharing your excitement with us -- Kim W.