When my boys were little, I always told them jokingly that they would have to live with me forever, and of course when they were little, they agreed. Each of them has gone through many stages as they have grown up, some good and some not so good, but for each one I was always by their side.
That is all about to change. My oldest son, Bryan, my baby no matter how old he gets, got his acceptance letter for college in the mail last week, and he will be living in residence away from home taking computer engineering technology. When that all important letter arrived in the mail, I was overflowing with pride and wonder at what he has accomplished.
You see, Bryan did not have an easy start in this world. He was born three weeks early by emergency c-section and suffered from hypoglycemia which, because it was not detected right away, caused him to have a seizure down one side of his body. I will never forget being woken up in the middle of the night and led to the nursery only to see his tiny body, covered in wires and tubes, encased in an incubator. They even tried to put an IV in his head!! The emotions that I felt in those early days were the most difficult I have ever had to endure in my life. Once everything was brought under control, we were told that there would be no lasting effects, but in fact the seizure caused a scar on his brain which down the road led to a diagnosis of epilepsy. He is now pretty much controlled by medication, and I am so thankful that he has been able to lead a normal life.
Sometimes epilepsy can affect a child’s learning abilities, and every time that we visited the neurologist, the first thing they asked was how he was doing in school. We were always happily able to report that he was a great student. So, not only do I have the normal pride that my son is going to college, but the feelings go even deeper because of what he has had to deal with and what he has overcome and accomplished.
Now we start the process of applying for residence and school loans, and I must admit I am feeling a tiny bit overwhelmed. I know he doesn’t start until September, but the planning starts now, and it’s hard to know where to begin. So, if any of my blogger friends out there have any suggestions or tips for this journey he is about to embark on (you know, the little things that we might not think of) we would greatly appreciate it. Bryan and I have always been very close and I love him to the moon and back, so I know that September is going to be a very difficult time for me, so any advice for me is welcomed too.
So, to celebrate this new stage in his life, my photo today is of my hubby holding a laughing baby Bryan up in the air (gotta love Mike’s long hair stage eh? LOL). Bryan was born before the advent of digital photography, so this is an old snapshot that I scanned into my computer, and as a result the quality is not great. However, this photo never fails to bring a smile to my face because you can feel his happiness overflowing from the picture. I hope he will continue to experience true happiness through this next stage in his life!