SENIOR SESSION: Casey

So, I recently started watching Parenthood on Netflix.  

I have never watched the show previously, so I didn't have any background with it...

I've actually come across some really cool Netflix shows (along with my vacation reads list...blog post on all that coming soon)

but, I'm getting off track...

So, I've been watching Parenthood...

and I love it...

I just do...

I love it because I always fall in love with characters that have strong relationships...ones that weather storms but come out on the other end...

it's my never-ending thirst to find hope...to see evidence of that light at the end of a dark tunnel...

I've been through some dark tunnels in my life thus far but I know that it's not a guarantee that I get a"get out of jail free" card for the future...

and so...
it just gives me that warm & cozy feeling...watching the yuck, but also seeing grace given and taking the long way around for the sake of someone you love...

It's the parent-child relationships that hit me the hardest in this show...

Maybe it's because I'm only in series 2 out of the 6 that are showing on Netflix...
I have no idea what the other series are about...but currently, there is a lot of focus on the parent/kid relationships and development of the characters...

 I think that's why I liked Gilmore Girls so much as well...

There was a conversation had as I watched this evening...

mother to child...

and I related...

I related because I think all parents have a desire to "control & protect"...

Noone wants to see their child fail or hurt or be scared or basically be anything but successful & happy & the shining star...

We like to post our pictures of all their accomplishments and praise them and build them up...

and that's not wrong or bad...

however, I was reminded tonight...through a silly show...that really, our job as parents isn't to protect them from everything, it isn't to praise them into amazing self-esteem (or pats on our own backs)...

even though they may look like us and have mannerisms and act like us sometimes, they are NOT us...and they have to be given the opportunity to fail, to struggle, to be okay with not succeeding, to be scared, to fight through the hard stuff...

You probably already knew that...

I knew it...

I just don't like to put it into practice...

it's safer just in my head and in theory, rather than actually allowing it to come to fruition...

***

I mentioned that graduation was this past weekend for our district...

I get a mere 2 hours with seniors & often one or both of their parents...

I see the excitement & pride parents have for their sons or daughters...and at the same time, they are balancing this fine line...realizing that their "role" is about to change dramatically....

I can see the HOPE 
I can see all the background work and the foundation that has already been laid out...

and they are approaching the moment where they test and see if  what they've built is going to soar...

Casey is thoughtful, easy-going, and an incredibly good-sport for all the places and ideas we had for his senior pictures...

It's evident the respect and appreciation he has for all he has been given & taught & allowed to experience...it's not taken for granted...

congratulations...
on a job well done...
and to a future that has endless possibilities...







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