My son lost everything about his senior year of high school that the rest of us took for granted. He didn’t get to perform in his last high school musical. He didn’t get to enjoy all of the silly senior activities, prom, or even graduation. There was no fanfare for his hard work. He walked into the school office and was handed his diploma quite unceremoniously.
He lost that whole fun thing you get to experience when you’re finally on the top of the heap in high school. He lost late nights with friends, plotting to change the world, or just figuring out how to stay out together just a little bit later. He lost the opportunity to sing with his award-winning choir at the Sistine Chapel. He lost field trips and classroom experiments and terrible lunches in the cafeteria.
He didn’t even get to say goodbye to all that. It just…ended.