Susan's Blog

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ben Graduates Eighth Grade

Well, my youngest son, Ben, is now a high schooler. Ben has been “at” that school his entire life; he was born when Max started kindergarten there. Ben started preschool there at 3, and the family has been involved with Lincoln for 15 years.

What a beautiful ceremony the school had! A great bunch of kids. In his speech, one favorite teacher said, “I feel as if someone is taking the stars from the sky and moved them to the southern hemisphere.” Ben was singled out for high honors 2 years in a row, and for being an artist. He carried himself with aplomb and looked soft and happy. And then sad. I saw him standing on the hill by the upper playground, crying, with Max’s arm around him.

Nat did not come. It was too complicated to pick him up at his house, and I also think that the ceremony and crowded reception would have been too much on him — and Ben. It’s Ben’s day, after all. We finished the evening with a great dinner at Cheesecake Factory, Ben’s choice.


Wow – Ben has grown so much in the last 5 years, and Max looks so much like his Dad. Congratulations to the matriculator, but don’t hold out, this celebration came with one of the fabuous Senator-Batchelder cakes, right?

You must be so proud of your boys, as you should be. Thanks for sharing, Susan. Lisa

— added by Lisa on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 10:45 am

Congratulations to Ben! And to you, his family 🙂

— added by Suzette on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm


My oldest daughter graduated high school last weekend. I made the choice to pay someone to spend the day with my son, Ben, diagnosed on the spectrum, so my daughter could have her day recognized and not have to share so much of me with her brother. I ‘drug along” my middle child, another daughter, though.

Congrats to you and the men in your family, especially your Ben.

— added by Stephanie on Friday, June 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm