I have been mentally preparing myself for this moment since my son became a teenager. I have listened to others along the way say how difficult emotionally it was for them to realize their child was graduating. That they would leave the home and go out into the world and do their own thing. Over the years, I made sure I was there every step of the way, for each and every milestone. Going into class with you and watching you learn and make friends and see how the Teachers loved you, is something irreplaceable. You were very popular in school and always always had the girls chasing after you. Some of the best memories I have are from your youngest years in school. The bonds and friendships that you made with classmates, Teachers and other parents. I truly felt that when this day came, I would not be able to contain myself or my tears. I mean you are my first born child. Eian, you taught me everything about being a mother. Eian was actually an easy child, it was a smooth process until his teen years anyways. It’s kind of funny too because Eian is the child that I almost died giving birth to. Who would have thought?
Eian has always been my story teller. The one who liked to pull pranks and scare people. Trust me over the years he has pulled some pranks that have not made me happy. The kid has almost caused me to have a stroke many a times with these pranks. As a child he always wanted another friend with him & he was always pretty private. He has a giving heart but, he chooses not to let others know about it. He has a taste for the finer things in life and yet he is simple. He is a soft and genuine young man. He is rational & gentle yet has the strength of a warrior. He was not built for giving up on anything. He has a dumb look that always makes me chuckle and he doesn’t even realize he is doing it. His snicker is well just that a snicker, not a laugh and it’s cute. He is quiet yet social. He wanted to play and be a part of every sport possible. You can’t play everything. He played basketball, soccer, was a fantastic swimmer!! He was a strong football & baseball player for both Frankfort & Clinton Prairie. He is naturally skilled athletically. Rest assured – I was his biggest fan!!!! We had the rowdiest section in the stands – my friends and his friends made it LOUD & Eian never disappointed the crowd.
One thing you may not know about Eian is his faithfulness. Eian keeps his feelings to himself and sometimes he just likes to stir the pot for fun. However; question his faith in God and you will see just how loyal in it he is. He remembers me reading the bible to him and I am pleased to share our love of Lord together.
He has a very sick sense of humor and thinks it’s hilarious to talk about poop and farting.He likes to wear hats, go fishing, drink beer and play games on XBox, Playstation and or whatever it is he plays now. Eian is naturally good at everything he does. I remember the first time we went ice skating. I could barely keep my balance & he and his brother both were skating backwards before I made it 1/4 of the way around the rink. He was a fantastic swimmer in school and yet he doesn’t really like being in the water. He loves listening to music and is a country boy at heart. He didn’t always want to do his homework nor attend classes but, he managed to figure it out. He also always says to me, “mom why didn’t you let me play hockey, I would have been great at hockey”?
As a child he was obsessed with fire fighting and the Military. When he was little he wore a fire uniform & road around on a fire truck power wheel, his Grandpa Bill even installed a pole in his garage that you could access from the loft just so they could slide down the pole. He loved airplanes and talked about the air force non stopped. When our family friend Tim Simpson joined the Army Eian began talking about the Army. Our Bradford family friends whom we were very close with, moved from state to state due to different duty stations & I think that finalized his thoughts of where he wanted to be in the Military. He goes to bootcamp soon after graduation to become a soldier. He has been very patriotic and I have no doubt he will excel in whatever he chooses to do.
One of his favorite movies if the 5th Quarter.
Who would have thought my first born would be so perfect. I got to experience motherhood for the first time with you. You were my first in it all. Eian and I have a special bond that can never be broken. I have many words of advice but, no one has time for all that. So, I’ll leave you with just a few. Set your goals high, don’t allow anyone including yourself tell you there is anything you can’t do. The only limitations you have are yourself. Dedication and determination while being a good human being is all you need son. Take care of your body you only have one.
Here is his graduation video. If you have time to watch, enjoy. It gives you an overview of his 18 years with myself and all his friends and family along the way.