This is a bittersweet moment in this mother's life. Today is the day that Marissa officially doesn't have to return to high school anymore. She has taken all of the tests, written all of the papers, read all of the books, and done all of the assignments. She will, of course, go back--for the choir concert on Sunday, the awards program on Monday, the band concert on Tuesday, the jazz band cook out on Thursday and for the senior breakfast and graduation practice as well. Graduation will be on May 26.
She has become a dignified, talented, fun and adventurous young lady with big plans for the future. She is such a talented musician that this plays a part in her future plans as she hopes to go to Truman State University in MO to work on a music education degree--and with dreams of being a performer. This seems like the only possible route for her to take, given what she loves and what she is so good at.
I have it on good authority that there is at least one scholarship coming her way next week--maybe two. I also know that she has been selected to direct one song the band performs at their concert. There are a few exciting things in store for her in this whirlwind week.
However, there are the gones--the little girl notes and the American girl dolls and clothes and furniture everywhere. She is not a tidy person, so she still has books and clothing and jewelry and nail polish sitting here and there, frustrating others who contend with it. She will be working two jobs again this summer and is dreaming of college and being on her own. I will be thinking of those gones then. She will be more independent than she already is and will make us even more proud of her.
Time flies by so quickly and that is what milestones in our children's lives remind us of. It is bittersweet--but this young lady has been developing her wings for the past 17 years and it is time to let her fly. We will celebrate and have a party scheduled on June 1. However, I know things are changing forever now and I pray for her successes to continue and for her to realize those dreams...
I'll leave you with a video of her solo at the show choir concert last week...
From this year's prom...
to Glinda the Good Witch
to fun with our family
and fun with her friends...
Marissa came into the world shocking everyone at a birth weight of 13 pounds 9 ounces and going straight into the neonatal intensive care unit. (It was obvious that I had had gestational diabetes even though the labwork never showed it.) She managed having 5 older brothers and a sister, while being her own person. She has many talents and many friends--and she is an honor student with lots of activities to match. She took 4 years of French and was the president of the French Club. Her high grades put her in the "French Honor Society" and gave her the opportunity to travel to the three grade schools in our area and teach French to third graders.
We are proud of her in so many ways! It is her time to shine!