I'm living a dream this weekend.
A few years ago, I didn't know what the future held for my younger son's education because his ADHD made him incompatible with public high school. He was struggling in his studies and feeling lost; and, quite frankly, the school didn't seem to care all that much. But we found the Leelanau School, where everyone cares about students with learning difficulties. It has changed our lives.
A few years ago, things were also very different for our older son. But now, going on two years of sobriety, he is a changed man who is with us this weekend to watch his little brother graduate. I can't even begin to tell you how incredibly grateful I am that he is here. It's been such a joy to see my younger son "showing off" his big brother and introducing him to everyone at the school. He loves him so much.
Today there's a picnic at the school, followed by an awards ceremony, dinner, a play (my son has a lead role), and a "Coffee House" music performance (my son is taking part in that as well). Tomorrow is the "big day," and I'm sure my wife and I will both cry like babies through the entire commencement ceremony.
Everything about this weekend is amazing: the scenery, the weather (which is perfect), the people, the activities, the food. But what's especially beautiful to me is the togetherness and love I feel within my family. I couldn't have scripted anything better.
I'm living a dream this weekend. Only it's not a dream.
"I sustain myself with the love of family." --Maya Angelou
|Our home for the next few days.|
|The view from the Leelanau School's beach yesterday afternoon.|