Eighteen years ago I was attending my own high school graduation, my seven month old son Tyler in tow. I had no idea what the future would hold for him or for me. I knew that I loved him. I knew that I would do everything in my power to give him all the opportunities and hope of a child not born to an unmarried teenager from small-town Minnesota. That was pretty much all I knew back then. I had no idea who he would become as an adult or how I would get him there. Along the way my amazing husband Brian came along, adopting my son as his own. What a ride it has been! Since that day, eighteen years ago,
my our son has grown into a compassionate, loving, kind, generous, thoughtful, insightful, talented and amazing young man who is about to celebrate his own high school graduation. I am so proud of him. We made it! (I’d be remiss if I didn’t say thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to all who helped me along the way: my grandparents, Eunice and Bill, my dad, mom, my sister and Scott, my friends and all the people who cheered me on. Most importantly, my husband Brian, who loves my son just as much as his own three. You all deserve a round of applause. Thank you!!)
Tyler has many talents, particularly in engineering and art. His photography had blossomed since I first handed him my retired Canon 20D with a 50mm lens three years ago. His photography couldn’t make me prouder. Last night we attended the senior awards ceremony and saw him receive his Gold Key from the Milwaukee Museum of Art’s Scholastic art competetion. Better yet, we saw his impressive installation in the lobby of the Nicolet high school auditorium, his AP Art concentration, his senior thesis of sorts, which was a series of photographs of the entire AP art class. He not only took the photos and develped them, but he engineered the frame and pulled together the final product. Check it out! Amazing, right?