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Launched II

Theater Major requirements. Check!
Fashion Minor requirements. Check!
Total number of credit hours. Check!
Nicely ironed gown. Check!
Creatively decorated cap. Check!
Diploma! Check!

Congratulations Harry!

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!


  • Deb May 29, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    I’d say Harry didn’t ‘fall from the tree’…..he sounds equally as awesome as each of you!

    Congratulations Harry!


  • Judy Leonard May 30, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Hi Mair! Great to read about your graduated son! Its amazing to stand by the sideline and see our kids develop into the people they are becoming, each so different. Our son is taking his next step this July as he gets married, packs up with his new wife and moves to London for grad school, after 3 years in the workforce, doing very well for himself. Our daughter is at present teaching 4th grade in Phnom Penh Cambodia after one year at an inner city school in Rochester NY. They have been out of our house for most of the time since age 12, boarding school in South India and college, but our bond has only gotten stronger and closer. We can’t wait to be together and this family history is making each moment in each other’s presence super special and appreciated…..
    Yes, it is hard , all those goodbyes, but we would never want to be guilty of holding them back on their path in life; I consider it a privilege to be their cheerleader and prayer partner!


    • Mair Hill May 30, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      WOW to you and your very international family! You’re right it does get sweeter, but it’s hard when the together times get fewer. It’s our job to help them SOAR!


  • Janet Summerfelt May 30, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Congrats to Harry!!! Sounds like he has some very exciting things going on and much to look forward to. Well Mair, you already know about my family’s pre-mature launch. My son getting married at a courthouse before he was finished with college was not what I had in mind for my only child. My broken heart has been on the mend and we met his wife’s parents this weekend. They too want to celebrate the marriage so we all agreed to a backyard wedding over the Labor Day holiday, September 2nd. Already contacted the rental company and we’re meeting this week to discuss tent placement, lighting, dance floor – the works. As you said, they’re doing things a bit “out of order”, but nonetheless, I am thrilled we’re going to have a wonderful celebration – rain or shine. And, both the kids received confirmation that the grant money they applied for to complete their degrees has been approved. Rockets of desire are exploding everywhere and I’m loving the show.


    • Mair Hill May 30, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      It will be a beautiful celebration and I’m sure planning it will make your broken heart mend even faster and stronger!


  • Dawn May 30, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    congratulations to not only Harry but you Mair… you have done an amazing job raising your boys.


  • Saige Doughty May 31, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Time does fly. Congrats to Harry and I’m sure there will be all sorts of avenues open to him. His personality and wit will get him wherever he wants to go. .As mothers, we experience so many emotions — some joyful and some not. The joyous ones outweigh the others. Motherhood is such a gift and we’re blessed to have been chosen to be the mothers of our wonderful children. Hurray for you and Rich!!


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