What’s Good in the Neighborhood: Shoot for the Moon


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — In school, there are two grades that are probably better known as the tears years

For kindergarten parents, it happens on the first day, and I was not immune.

For parents of seniors, it’ll happen on that last day.

“I must admit the other day, I came home for lunch, and there were letters from colleges,” said Aisha Freeman, mother of Emerson Freeman. “I thought I was ready, but I’m not ready,”

We asked these parents about what advice they have for these soon to be adults.

“Senior year is a crucial year,” said Mike Barfield, father of Annah Barfield. “Enjoy every minute of it. College, it gets crazy. It gets stressful. This is the year to truly enjoy. I’ve always remembered my senior year.”

We also asked them how they were doing with the big final year ahead.

“I can’t believe I have a senior in high school,” Mike said.

“It hasn’t hit me where I have really cried yet, but it’s emotional,” Aisha said.

“A lot of tears,” said Carla Woodall, mother of Elizabeth Grace and Robert Woodall. “A lot of tears. Unexpected tears. It hasn’t been the big moments. It’s the little moments.”

They’re all proud and rightfully so.

So these parents will all cry this year, I can almost guarantee it. The only difference is one of us already, and the others will shed those tears of pride and joy soon enough.

Here’s to a new school year.

“Make it memorable. Enjoy every moment, and shoot for the moon,” Carla said.

Watching your babies grow up, is what’s good in the neighborhood this week.

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