It is finished.
It's hard to believe how the years fly, isn't it?
Well, technically - it was only one year but it still flew.
I, even I, am at a loss for words of what it felt like to see Aaron 'clap out' from
Paul Mitchell - The School for Hair.
A clap out isn't his true graduation, that's next month, a clap out is the last day he's at the school. His hours are complete and he is punching out of school for the last time. All of his friends and teachers are there and they form an aisle for him to walk through as they clap and cheer for him.
I just stood there and wept openly.
I've never felt so proud.
All I could think of is how just barely a year ago we visited the school for the first time, and I saw the light in his eyes. How everything was so new and confusing.
Now, here he was - embracing friends and teachers, crying, excited - done.
By the time he got through the line of people, and got to me - I was toast, so was he.
He cried and thanked me. I told him how proud I was of him - well, I tried to - I was crying so much.
What particularly touched me was all the people that came up to me and told me how much they loved Aaron, and how special he was. One teacher said through tears that he was the son she'd never had. He seemed so beloved at the school - and that just means the world to me.
He's beloved here too, and shall ever remain so!
Press the pillowcases and fry the bacon.
Aaron is home.
Isn't it crazy?
Just when you think you've reached your limits of love for someone - they roam around in your heart and find a door that's never been opened before - lo and behold - there's more square footage there for them to move into.
And so it has been wiith Aaron all along.
Such a gift to my soul this child was. I'm so thankful my sister birthed him.
For those of you fortunate ones that have a few of these banging around your house now - how blessed are you! I can't imagine feeling this times two or three or four!
Aaron's immediate plans?
Take his state boards.
He's looking into getting a job on a cruise ship salon.
Said he'd like to the see the world for a few years.
I told him it's a great idea as long as he can make it home every weekend.