Graduation Poem for Family

Written for my son Jon's high school graduation in 2004.

Time Flew By So Quickly

© Judy Muldowney
We can’t begin to tell you
Just how loved you are
We can’t believe how time has flown
And how you’ve come so far

Forgive us when we stop and stare
And tears fall from our eyes
Time flew by so quickly
Sure took us by surprise

We asked you to stay little
To always be our baby
You said, “I’ll try to if I can,
but, I’ll have to grow up...maybe.”

Now here you stand before us
A respectful, honest man
Strong-willed and determined
Who always says, “I can”

We flip though all your notes and cards
And pictures that you drew
Recall your quips and humor
‘Unique’, dear son, that’s you!

There are no doubts within our minds
That you’ll indeed succeed
Your future holds so much in store
But ‘that smile’ is all you need

You’ve always been so gentle,
So loving, kind and giving
Having you as our son, Jon
Is another term for ‘living’

No matter where life leads you
No matter what you do
We’ll always be your biggest fans
And we’ll be here for you.


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Published: Aug 2008

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  • Due to circumstances, I am living in Canada for a few years. My son is about to graduate and I miss him very much.

    J Valenti, Canada Submitted Feb 2011
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  • My son is graduating in 2013 so I've been looking at poems for his yearbook page. When I read this poem, tears filled my eyes. These are the things I need to say to my son, very well written.

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