It is the beginning of a new era in our home. Yesterday was Caleb's last day of High School. Graduation is tonight. I am not sure if he has spent much time thinking about the coming year and all the changes that will be occurring. He has one more year to spend at home before he goes on his mission and that will be filled with long work weeks and not as much play as he thinks.
He really is an amazing young man who is making good choices. He is a leader who has every teacher I talk to singing his praises. I actually got a phone call from one of the Home Ec teachers the other day. We are having a budget crisis and the school board was threatening to cut positions and programs (particularly in the arts). Caleb got up in front of the school board at one of their meetings when this was being debated a couple of weeks ago and spoke out against the cuts. The teacher that called me was there and said that he spoke with incredible poise and intelligence and that Michelle and I should be proud that he is our son. The cuts will not be made by the way. I also had one of the Assistant Principals approach me at the gym a few months back and told me who she had observed Caleb interacting with a young man with special needs. She said that he took time to help this young man and befriend him when others had walked away and that she was impressed with the care and attention Caleb gave this student who was in need of those very things by his peers.
Every year the band program and the choral program give out director's awards. They are kind of like the Academy Award of the music programs. Caleb was selected to win the Director's award in both Band and Choir unbeknownst to either Department Chair. After last night's concert, Michelle went up and spoke to the Choir director and asked him if he knew that Caleb had won the Director's award in Band the night before. He responded that he didn't know that but that he wasn't surprised and even if he had known it, his choice wouldn't have changed. We are so proud of him.
I often watched my children as toddlers and wondered who they would turn out to be knowing that I had a large part to play but that it would really come down to them and the choices they made. I still worry about it but I know that Caleb is on the right track.