A Season of Lasts

Embracing the Senior Year: A Mother’s Journey with My High School Senior

As a newborn photographer I have the joy and honor of watching as parents experience countless firsts—first words, first steps, even first days of school. These moments are etched in all parent’s hearts, treasured milestones that mark the growth of our children. Every accomplishment is celebrated with fanfare, without a thought of the “lasts” that often follow these milestones. As my oldest son embarks on his senior year of high school, I find myself in a bittersweet season of lasts.

Senior boy baseball player in dugout

The once tiny hand I held on that very first day of kindergarten is now the hand of a young adult, ready to take on the world. This year, every milestone feels more poignant. The last school picture day, the last homecoming dance, the last football game—all these events carry a weight of finality. Each one is a reminder that my son is on the brink of a new chapter, one that involves leaving the nest and pursuing his dreams independently. It’s a beautiful transformation, but it also signifies the end of an era for us as a family.

senior boy on fence with sunset glowing behind him

As a mom, it’s natural to worry about the future. Will he be okay on his own? Have I prepared him well enough for what’s ahead? These questions are always on my mind, but I find comfort in seeing the amazing person my son has become. The foundation we’ve built, the values instilled, and the love we’ve shared will guide him as he embarks on his journey.

This season of parenthood also offers an opportunity for reflection and gratitude. I am grateful for the privilege of witnessing my son’s growth, for the countless memories we’ve created, and for the person he’s become. It’s a time to celebrate his accomplishments and to acknowledge the hard work and dedication that has brought him to this point.

Being a mother to a high school senior is a profound and emotional experience. It’s a season that brings a mix of joy, nostalgia, and anticipation. As I navigate this journey, I am reminded of the incredible privilege it is to be a mother and to witness my son’s transformation from that sweet helpless baby dependent on me for everything, to an independent young adult. While the future holds many unknowns, I am confident that the bond we’ve built and the love we’ve shared will continue to guide us through this beautiful and ever-evolving journey.



  1. Kim kubiak says:

    We all watched him grow Jackie..he’s a great guy that’s surrounded by love.. he’s going to have a great grown-up life!

    • Jacqueline Scully says:

      Thank you Kim. He has always been “the town’s baby” I’m pretty excited to see where life takes him. ❤️

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