Today is graduation day at my Alternative High School and I am sad :( but I am also happy :) These students have to work harder than most teens and when they finally achieve "graduate" status, the staff is proud and relieved, tired and very teary. These kids are like family. You are there for them thru the ups and the many downs, handing out hugs when needed and an extra cookie or two. I myself get used to seeing those faces each day and it is what makes my job, not a job at all. You watch these children morph into adults, become better people, easier in their own skin, and it makes me proud to be even a little part of the process. It will be sad to not see the kids I have come to know over the last 4 years after tonight, but I have a new batch of skeptical, angry and unusual students to love. And in 4 years, I will be crying yet again happy tears.