Kyle graduated 8th grade today. It wasn’t like my 8th grade graduation-an auditorium filled with lots of parents and siblings and a graduating class of 200+. This was a graduation in a cafeteria filled with maybe 15 parents and siblings and a graduating class of 6. SIX. But it was by far the BEST 8th grade graduation I have ever attended. And maybe its because Kyle is mine, or maybe because I watched him beaming with pride on the stage. Or maybe because I am going to miss this school that took the time and put in the effort to put on a graduation ceremony for my special boy. Maybe its because as I listened to our principal (who I am honored to call a friend) speak about these kids, I could hear the pride and the love she had for them. Maybe its because I watched as Ms. Jan (one of his favorites) proudly stand next to her boy and let him grab her arm when he felt anxious (and even bite her). Or maybe it was watching Mr. Chris play with Kyle after the graduation and Kyle light up and laugh as they wrestled. Maybe its because I am so humbled to be able to experience and have my kids experience special moments like these for their special brother, that most people don’t. Maybe its because once again, through this graduation, I was reminded how truly lucky I am to be Kyle’s mom. Maybe its all these reasons that made it the best. But I will forever treasure the moment of pride I felt, as Kyle was helped across the stage to receive his 8th grade diploma.