This week marked the beginning of the end.
Matthew got on a bus for his senior year in high school.
Next year at this time, he'll be getting on a bus to go to a different program, for life skills and job skills, run by the Gwinnett County Public Schools, called STRIVE.
So on Monday, when he got on that bus, it was the last "first day of school" for him.
In just a few weeks, it'll be the last open house.
Then it'll be the last Thanksgiving break.
Then the last Christmas break.
The last Special Olympics stuff he'll do this year.
In May, he'll be one of the ones honored at our church's Senior Honors Night. And on May 24, 2017, it will be his last day of school.
Sometime during the first few months of 2017, I will do my last IEP meeting before he graduates. (I will probably be doing IEPs for his time in STRIVE.)
The song "Sunrise, Sunset" has suddenly become more poignant for me this year.
Just my .04, adjusted for inflation.