Bitter Sweet

Bitter and sweet. Two words that stand on there own, but when put together they imply a collision has taken place.

On Saturday, the words showed up together, causing an emotional train wreck.

It was like mixing onions and chocolate . . . tears and laughter at the same time.

All the bed time stories, tea parties, daddy daughter dates, family dinners, soccer games, vacations, and hugs came flooding back as another daughter received her diploma for completing high school.

Can time really be passing this fast? Wasn’t she just a four year old last week?

Saturday’s graduation served as another reminder that our days are numbered, memories are priceless, and nothing means more to me than my family.

Miss Sassy on the Beach has now grown up to become a beautiful young woman who loves God and serves others. She is on the right road and I could not be more proud of her. The bad thing about roads, though, is they lead you away from home.

For now, I will pretend that time stands still, even though I know I

am lying to myself. The truth is, seventy-five days will pass a lot faster than eighteen years.

While time is stopped, I will savor every ounce of one last summer, and then I will let her go.

And it will be . . . Bitter Sweet.

 

i2i,

Randy

 

What is the best thing that has happened in your family life during the past month? Is there someone at home who you need to encourage this week?


 

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Don

8 years ago

I so appreciate your writing and this one stirred the memories of my own Sassy who headed down the road exactly 20 years ago this graduation …. been here, done this, and survived!

randygravitt

8 years ago

Thanks Don. Glad to know one can survive!

Ryan Gravitt

8 years ago

I know that this Uncle felt the same
emotions, on a smaller scale, when they called out Sarah’s name and when she
sang. Christopher said on the way home, “Y’all realize that I graduate in
2 years?”. Wow, time is flying by no doubt. Proverbs 22:6 reads “Train up a child in the way he should go,
even when he is old he will not depart from it.” You and Laura can definitely take refuge in those words. Count
this one as another success. She has been trained well and will not depart from
it. Plus, she has the continued prayers from friends, family, and
especially her Mom and Dad.

randygravitt

8 years ago

Thanks bro!

Max

8 years ago

Thanks for being such a great example. I’ll be there soon

randygravitt

8 years ago

Thanks Max!

Scott Humphrey

8 years ago

I try not to think that far ahead, as I get emotional just thinking about it. My daughters (all three of them) will graduate together. Your post hits home. Today is their 10th birthday…

randygravitt

8 years ago

Thanks Scott. Enjoy every day you have. Each one truly is a gift!

scottbarber

8 years ago

Thanks for the post. You and Laura have been examples to me and Susan in how to raise our kids over these past 13 years. And you have led me again this morning, to put a Daddy Daughter date on the calendar this week with the last one still in the nest.

randygravitt

8 years ago

I recommend ice cream!!!!!! Thanks Scott.

Wes

8 years ago

On the positive side, you and Laura are just that much closer to having grand-kids.There is not much better than that in this world.

randygravitt

8 years ago

If they are better than kids, it is definitely something to look forward to. Thanks Wes!

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