Hey there, moms of high school seniors: the baker of cupcakes, the host of the team dinners, the organizer of Senior Night, the coordinator of the fundraiser and the keeper of photos because this is The Last Season. I see you.
To the provider of rides to yet another far-flung field, another college sports tryout location, embroiled in college athletics recruiting and trying to prepare their athlete without knowing what the coaches are seeking: I see you.
To the protectors who hear an early “no” from the school of their child’s dreams, lifting them up while being so deeply disappointed and tense yourself: I see you.
To the parents who love the beautiful child before them just as they are and wish the mantra they told them would have been
“You can DO anything you want” rather than “you can BE anything you want.”
I see you.
To the 3 AM worriers who count sheep (branded with the numbers “529”), wondering how you will pay for college, and if financial or merit aid really exists: I see you.
To the school counselors who check in on the process, the English teachers and mentors who review the college essays, and the writers of recommendations: I see you.
To the yearbook order form filler-outers (and payers), the cap-and-gown orderers, the attenders of college planning webinars, the arrangers of the senior portrait photoshoot: I see you.
To the new 18-year-old’s Mama Bear, who keeps putting off Power of Attorney forms for health care and financial decisions that cement your young adult’s new independence, and the conversion of custodial accounts: I see you.
To the wanna-be accounting wizards who still haven’t started the FAFSA for college financial aid (due now): I see you.
To the keeper of the family (and of the winter tires), who has a younger child, older siblings, or older parents with their own schedules and needs: I see you.
To the moms who are trying to eat healthfully, keep up an exercise routine, keep up with work, go to bed on time, get up on time, and do it again, every day: I see you.
To all the moms of high school seniors who are running this marathon while trying to savor Every Last Minute of parenting this amazing human who is nearly grown and almost flown: I am you.
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