Don't Call Them The "Class-Of-Covid-19"
Some are calling them “The class of COVID-19”.
While we won’t ever forget 2020 for all the terrible things it’s brought us...the class of 2020 deserves way better.
This time of year--regardless of extraordinary circumstances--tends to bring about reflection about the ending of one stage and beginning of another.
It's especially true for the parents of graduating high school seniors.
I swear it happens when you’re not looking. It hits you hard that your little girl or boy is literally grown-up and ready to fly on their own.
Putting It Into Words
I asked some of the moms of my clients from the 2020 graduating class to reflect--on paper. I wanted them to write a love letter of sorts to their seniors.
They obliged... after all, it was a great excuse to shed a few tears and talk about how you feel about your child.
If it's one thing we've been reminded of during this pandemic, it's that our families are precious. And that there's no time like the present to tell them.
Grace is graduating from DGN and heading to Auburn U this Fall. She describes herself as funny, creative, and outgoing. Her mom, Maureen wrote this…
Dear Grace, We never know what the future holds, and a few months ago no one would have dreamed that your senior year would end this way!. Despite the fact that it looks and feels different I want you to celebrate all the same. I am so proud of you and your amazing successes at North. From the many sports you played, clubs that you were a part of, challenging AP classes you endured, the thing that I am most proud of is the woman that you have become. I have nothing but excitement and confidence for your transition to Auburn University. Go be you and take in all that college has to offer. It will no doubt be the best time of your life.
All my love ---Mom
Sydney has been attending Metea Valley High School. She loves country music and her true passion is working with special-needs kids (wow). She too, is heading south--to U of Georgia--in the Fall! Her mom, Pam, wrote this to her...
Dear Sydney: What do you say to your daughter who has been forced--due to the pandemic--to social distance from her friends, classmates, teachers, coaches, teammates, etc? The losses are great and words can’t explain the feelings that I have about something I have no control over. All we can do is be there for one another. To listen when she wants to talk or cry about the soccer game she should have played, her senior prom, senior road trip, and graduation.Although this time has been difficult, it has also allowed our family to connect on a deeper level. We have had family game nights, gone on long bicycle rides, and worked out together almost daily. The memories we are making during this pandemic will stay with us forever. I am confident that Sydney will excel in whatever she chooses in life. Her drive and ambition is contagious. Love, Mom
This last letter was written by Lisa, mother to Annie. Annie graduates this month from Glenbard West and is heading out to Southern California University. Sounds amazing!
She’s adventurous and enjoys photography too. I snagged her to assist ME a couple times!
Dear Annie, Wow! As every parent says, “time flies.” We can’t believe you’re graduating and going off to college. We know that this isn’t what any of us thought this time in your life would look like, but you’ve handled it with such grace and maturity. You are amazing! You always impress us with your creativity, your kindness and your positive attitude, not to mention your calm demeanor!
We are so proud of you and so excited to see what your future holds. We know you will be successful in whatever you choose to do. Remember, to choose what makes you happy. We love you and are always here to support you. You rock!
Mom and Dad
Unlucky but Undeterred
The class of 2020 is worldly, motivated, and smart. They’re going to be known for the amazing things they have already done--and will continue to do--to make the world better.
They’re just unlucky.
Also undaunted and undeterred.
Congrats to all the 2020 graduates. You're awesome and strong. And we celebrate you!
Deb Wesley is a West-Suburban photographer offering senior photo session experiences. She's also now offering special Cap & Gown/Prom mini-sessions.