Holy Parent, I give you thanks for the memories, almost 18 years worth.

Photo Credit: Rev. Alicia Hager

I’m thankful for parent teacher conferences, all those other adults who spent more time with my child than I was able, who taught her more than I could ever know. Thank you for paintings, misshapen pottery, walks to school on autumn days, field trips and hectic evenings.

Over the next several weeks we will watch our children turn into legal adults, we will clap and cheer and weep as they walk across stages, proudly hang their school colors, plan parties, cry quietly at night as we marvel at the speed of these years.

I ask comfort for the parents who have lost children and for those who did not have the children they desired.

Guard and protect these young adults as they leave the hallowed halls of their schools and embark on their next journey. Teach us, their parents, how to love these fledgling adults like you love us.


Alicia Hager resides in West Michigan and is a newly ordained Deacon (transitional) in the Episcopal Church. Alicia enjoys spending time with her daughters and her husband, is bonkers about her cats, and blogs at astrawberrypointe.wordpress.com.

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