One of the proudest moments of being a parent is watching our children graduate, whether from kindergarten, 5th grade, 8th grade, high school, college and for some even grad school.......of course by that time you're broke and proud :)
This past week Hayden graduated from 8th grade at Mount Tamalpais School. Three years ago, if you had told me that this lifetime milestone would happen to him, I would tell you that sadly it probably wouldn't. However, as usual, Hayden surprised us all and is going on to high school with a big, big smile on his face.
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Hayden's life has been blessed with so many wonderful people….family, peers, teachers, doctors and nurses who all care for his wellbeing and urge him forward in life.
However, Hayden's best blessing these last three years has been his friends. They all have been there for him unconditionally and treat him as he wants to be treated….just like a normal teenager. These amazing kids appear at his side when we walk into an event and take charge. His oxygen tank is taken out of my hands and “Come on Hayden, we’re all over here” and off he goes to hang out with his buddies. Every time this happens I have to hold back the tears of joy of how blessed he is to have these wonderful friends in his life.
On Graduation day, unbeknownst to me, I learned that Hayden had stubbornly
talked his nurse and teachers into told his nurse and
teachers that he was going to walk across the stage to get his diploma by
himself and not only that, but he was going to walk down the isle at the end of
graduation by himself. Once again his
friends and teachers where there to support him and make this happen for him.
Video of Hayden receiving his Diploma.
I feel like I am always saying this, but Hayden always is surprising me with his stubbornness, perseverance and determination which are his most inspiring qualities. He continues to amaze me with how he chooses to live his life.
Congratulations Hayden on an amazing graduation….on your terms. We are so very proud of you!