May 21, 2008 Edition

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Highs and lows

Gretchen Hunt

As a mother I have experienced both joy and sorrow for different reasons when it comes to my children.

Over the past week, my routine has been turned upside down for good and bad events in my children's lives.

First, my nine-month-old caught a virus of some kind that sent us to the doctor's office with a fever of 104.2.

A quick check of his ears, eyes, nose and throat revealed that all were clear, so the doctor decided to do a white blood cell count because of the severity of the fever. He said if his count was up, we would do a chest x-ray to check for pneumonia.

I paced the floor trying to keep Colter calm as I waited for what I was sure was going to be bad news. In the end, the test came back normal and the doctor decided he probably had some kind of bug that would just have to run it's course.

Luckily it seems to have done so.

During his sickness, which lasted close to a week, I couldn't help but think of the parents whose children have permanent, sometimes terminal, illnesses.

My stress level was through the roof just knowing my child was a little uncomfortable, and I know that was nothing compared to what many children and their parents go through.

On the upside of this week's roller coaster, my soon to be five-year-old graduated from preschool at Greene County Tech on Tuesday.

With Tuesday being press day, along with the fact that I had missed work Wednesday and Thursday with Colter, I struggled with missing additional work.

My co-workers encouraged me to attend, though, and I'm so glad that I did. I was so proud of him for all he has accomplished this year.

The theme of the graduation was Down on the Farm, and following a slide show, the children sang several songs. During one song, Conley and a few other kids were brought to the front of the stage area to ride their stick horses. It was very cute.

Then, after the program, each child was called to the front to receive their diploma.

I jokingly told one of the other mom's that it wouldn't be very long before we'd all be sitting there watching them graduate from high school. Reality is that time really does go by faster and faster.

I'm glad that I was able to be there for both of my children this week. For Colter during his suffering and for Conley during his celebrating. Parenting is full of highs and lows, but I can't imagine life any other way.

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