Evenings like this remind me of my childhood.
Grandma walked me to school everyday until I realized ... my grandma is walking me to school! Everything changed once I reached middle school and that was when I asked mom to start driving me to school in the mornings. I also convinced them that I'd be safe walking home with my friends.
Even though I fought hard to grow up and be treated like a grown up, I still wanted nothing more than their undivided attention. My mom worked nights, leaving in the evening and coming home early in the morning. It was hard for her or my aunt to attend the back to school nights, the parent conferences, the talent shows, and the mid-morning awards assemblies. When they couldn't go, I understood. When they could find the time to be there, when they sat next to me with my teachers or when I could see their faces in the audience - my heart smiled.
So although it's late and I'm pretty sure that we are all tired - thank you parents and students for taking the time to come back to school tonight. It meant a lot! And to those who couldn't make it, I look forward to meeting you soon!