This Is How It Feels To Be A Parent Of The Class Of 2020

College Bound Class of 2020

I am the PROUD parent of a Class of 2020 high school graduate. Yes, you read correctly. Y’all done watched my son graduate from elementary and junior high school. Now he’s eighteen and headed to college. His 18th birthday was this week, and and his virtual graduation ceremony is being held this weekend. Although I’m extremely proud, I am also experiencing an array of other emotions. I’m feeling hurt because my son wasn’t able to truly enjoy his senior year due to COVID. No Prom. No walking across the stage to get his diploma, with his family cheering him on. My son is actually coping with all of this better than I am. For that, I am very proud him as well.

College Bound Class of 2020

I’m anguished because I wasn’t able to witness my son walk across that stage. This is my only child. It feels as if a once in a lifetime moment was stolen from me.

Class of 2020 Black Lives Matter

I am afraid. Afraid to let my son go off into the world. Especially at a time of turmoil. My baby is no longer a baby. He’s coming of age in the midst of a pandemic and race war. The world littered with overt racism, police brutality and pure hate. I wish I could be with him at all times. Be his shield of protection.

Class of 2020 COVID-19 Photo Shoot

But he’s becoming a man and I have to loosen my grip. So I pray every day for God to be a shield of protection over my young king. To keep him safe and sound, and out of harms way.

18th Birthday Photo Shoot

My son is now a registered voter. Right on time for one of the most important elections in our lifetime. As a first time voter, he represents a new generation of voters that have the power to make their voices heard loud and clear come election time. I’ve been taking him with me to vote since he was very young. I’m excited that he will be able to cast his own vote for the first time. We need all hands on deck to get 45 out of office.

High School Senior Photo Shoot

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In just the first half of 2020, my son has experienced things that I never thought I’d see in this lifetime. When he goes away to college he’ll be experiencing something that I haven’t experienced at all since I stayed home for college. I’m sad because my baby is growing up and leaving the nest. I am not ready to let go. I’m nervous because I can’t give him advice from experience. I’m anxious because he will be pretty far away, and I won’t be able to physically give him a shoulder to lean on. But I’m optimistic as my son is strong and resilient. I believe that he will be just fine.

Class of 2020 Senior Photo Shoot

I am happy. It was far from easy to get here. As a matter of fact, we faced some really tough times. But momma, we made it. My son is a Class of 2020 high school graduate. And I raised this high school graduate pretty much on my own. So I’m giving us both a well deserved pat on the back. I’m looking forward to seeing what other great things my son will accomplish once he puts his mind to it.

College Bound High School Senior

I did this photo shoot in celebration of both my son’s 18th birthday, and his high school graduation. I had planned to have a professional shoot done. But COVID happened. So I put on my supermom cape and did the shoot myself. These are some of the photos that I took, and I just love how they came out. His personality and maturity definitely shines through.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

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When I’m not hunting down the latest and greatest beauty products, beating a face or lacing a do, you can find me roaming the streets of NYC in my stilettos looking for the next best restaurant. Or in the kitchen trying to outdo myself from the last time.

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10 Comments

  1. 06.26.2020 / 1:03 pm

    Wow, this is mind blowing to see how much your son has grown. I can understand those varied emotions you’re carrying but damn, just looking at him, he’s such a credit to you. You’ve done an amazing job and congratulations to your son šŸ‘ he’s put in the work x

    • Erica
      Author
      06.26.2020 / 5:38 pm

      He grew up so fast! Thank you so much, hun. I truly appreciate that xo

    • Linda D Stevenson
      06.29.2020 / 4:17 pm

      Congratulations to you and your handsome son, he looks a lot like you

      • Erica
        Author
        07.01.2020 / 8:16 am

        Thank you so much! šŸ–¤

  2. Sylvia
    06.28.2020 / 4:23 pm

    Ditto! This is a huge milestone in his life and you have done a wonderful job helping him to stay focus stay on track and be the young man that God has called him to be. We have seen your integrity, morals and values through your blog and we know that you have also instill those values in your son. He’s handsome, strong, healthy and on his way to college. You’re going to get that chance to see him walk across the stage in his next milestones. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors congratulations son!

    • Erica
      Author
      06.28.2020 / 4:36 pm

      Thank you so much! šŸ–¤

  3. Lisa Headen
    06.28.2020 / 5:30 pm

    Congratulations to you and your Son( your King), Iā€™m happy for the both of you. Remind him to put God first in everything and watch how He covers and keep him safe while he is away in college.

    • Erica
      Author
      06.29.2020 / 8:11 am

      Thank you! šŸ™šŸ¾

  4. Abby
    06.28.2020 / 11:18 pm

    Congratulations to you both, Iā€™m sure your son will continue to make you a proud Mom!

    • Erica
      Author
      06.29.2020 / 8:11 am

      Thank you! šŸ–¤

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