Dear High School Seniors and Families,
We are so sorry.
This was already an emotional year full of unknowns, and now it feels as though both have been multiplied exponentially.
What, if anything, that was planned will still happen?
How do you support each other when you’re feeling shaky yourselves?
What do you do now? What do you do next?
What? When? How?
We will not dishonor you by saying that this will be a senior-year story to tell your grandchildren someday. (Even if it might be that very thing.)
We will not downplay your grief by saying it could be worse or that others have far more serious issues to contend with. (We know you’re already telling yourself this.)
Instead, we want you to know we’re thinking of you. Thinking of how you must be thinking of lasts that were already going to be hard in the happening but now feel so much harder in the potentially (or definitely) not happening.
Thinking of plans you are canceling or postponing. Thinking of plans that are in limbo. Thinking of how you’ve been thinking you have so much to do and now it feels like there’s far too little you can do.
How our hearts are hurting for you. But oh, how they are also hoping for you.
Of all that is now unknown, we know this, for you and with you.
We know you will still love.
We know you will still laugh.
We know you will still cry.
We know you will still honor.
We know you will still celebrate
We know you will still look back.
We know you will still look forward.
We know you will still be proud.
Those of us who have done this year before or are thinking about doing it are in the stands (these, not empty), cheering you on.
With love and hope,
Your fellow students and parents
Elizabeth Spencer is mom to two daughters (one teen and one young adult) who regularly dispense love, affection, and brutally honest fashion advice. She’s been married for 25 years to an exceedingly patient guy she picked up in church. She writes about faith, food, and family (with some occasional funny thrown in) at Guilty Chocoholic Mama and avoids working on her 100-year-old farmhouse by spending time on Facebookand Twitter.