Theater Major requirements. Check!
Fashion Minor requirements. Check!
Total number of credit hours. Check!
Nicely ironed gown. Check!
Creatively decorated cap. Check!
Harry’s been living in his own apartment in New York City for the past two years so I really didn’t think I’d cry upon his graduation. (I cried plenty two years ago. Those tears were fast and furious when I watched him drive away and realized he didn’t live here anymore…it was a very rough first six months since he drove away with his older brother who was also leaving to start his own newly launched life. Two boys leaving home at the same time. I definitely wasn’t ready for that. I thought I had at least one or two more summers with Harry.)
But when I turned the corner and saw him in his cap and gown, getting ready to leave, my tears were immediate.
This time they were happy tears. Excited tears. He was more than ready to graduate. Ready to leave behind required courses that no longer excited him. Ready to be launched and pursue his passion.
Six months ago, when he got deliberate and serious about his presence on social media (@louisvuittonbackpack on Instagram), social media got serious about him. It’s been thrilling to witness as his followers reached 10,000 (the first major milestone in social media) and grow exponentially after that. Thrilling to watch his memes get reposted by others with (literally) millions of followers and see his likes reach 71,000+ in a matter of hours.
The other night my husband and I were having dinner in a restaurant on Navy Pier in Chicago. Seated at the table next to us were six twenty-something girls. I leaned over and said, “Excuse me, I’m a proud Mom – are you on Instagram?” One immediately picked up her phone and said “I am.” I told her to check out @louisvuittonbackpack. I wanted to listen to them laugh as I ate my dinner. And they did. She turned to me and said “Thank you, this makes me very happy.” Proud Mom, indeed.
Harry is so creative, clever and funny. And kind. Harry is very kind. He understands there’s plenty for everyone. When people ask him how he creates his memes, he lists all the apps he uses and fully answers any questions. He understands the responsibility that comes with having thousands of followers. He takes it seriously. He has a very generous spirit.
It’s always a joy to see someone succeed doing what they love. And an even bigger joy to know he’s already successful as a human being. I am so lucky to be his Mom. I am truly proud of who he is. What’s he’s accomplished so far is just the icing on the cake – and clearly just the beginning!
How does it happen that our children grow up, but we never get older? Who’s launching in your life? How are you feeling? I’d love to know below!