Jane at Ethan’s Escapades has come up with a great idea for a new link called Small Steps Amazing Achievements where all of us proud mums can have a platform to share our child’s achievements whether big or small. The timing of Jane’s launch is so coincidental for me that I had to join in the first one because this is the week that Eldest Son graduates High School.
When we arrived in Canada 2 years ago Eldest Son had already finished high school in England. He had passed his G.C.S.E’s, he attended his prom (in a tank!) and was ready to move on, so making the decision to send him back to high school for two more years when we arrived in Canada was always going to be a risky move. It could have gone either way to be honest and although he’s not the kind of person to rebel or be defiant he was 16 and had just immigrated to another continent so I certainly wasn’t going to expect a smooth ride.
However a smooth ride was what we got. The first two weeks in school were a tough time for him and youngest Son but thankfully they rose to the challenge in such an amazing way that it blows my mind.
Two years on and he’s completed all the requirements to graduate which includes passing all his courses and completing hours doing voluntary work, he has made some great friends along the way too. I’m not going to lie and say it’s been an easy journey because it hasn’t, adjusting to a new system with a different expectations and responsibilities has been difficult but to his credit he has persevered and succeeded.
Despite the odds, which weren’t in his favour, he has managed to get into his first choice of college course and is about to embark on the next stage of his life. We are extremely proud of him and excited for whatever the future holds for him.