Woo-hoo and Boo-hoo Coffee: From Kindergarten to High School Graduation

Woo-hoo and Boo-hoo Coffee: From Kindergarten to High School Graduation

By Christy Rogers, Owner and Instructor at Training Umbrella

When your kid starts Kindergarten, the PTA hosts a gathering for the parents on the first day of school, just after you drop your child off at class. They call this gathering “Woo-hoo! Coffee” or “Boo-hoo Coffee,” depending on how one parent feels about their kid starting Kindergarten. I found myself at the “Boo-hoo Coffee”. This was not because I didn’t want my son to attend school, it’s because, well, it’s the sign of another chapter in life. Emotions are tricky. I have learned over the years that you can be happy and sad at the same time. 

This year starts another chapter in life. I proudly watched my son graduate from high school this May. He’s off to college in the fall to join his sister at Kansas State University. Go Cats! That means we are becoming empty nesters. I don’t love that term: “empty nesters”. I like to think of it as a new and exciting opportunity for my whole family to grow.

When we started our company, my son was 5 years old. He is now 18. It’s not always easy being the kid of parents who own their own business. Working hours are not always ideal, phone calls come in and interrupt dinner, and not to mention that one time you had to spend the night at the office with your dad due to a work-related emergency. Of course, there are upsides, too. Getting to play your favorite video game on a large classroom screen, get leftover computer parts to build with, and having an instant part-time job that is flexible.

Our son and daughter have occasionally worked in the business over the years. Everything from painting walls, setting up classrooms with computer equipment, creating art for our rooms and walls, organizing closets, and moving tables and chairs around. There were a lot of moving things around! It truly is a family business.

As I think about college dorm move-in day, I do get teary-eyed. I will miss him being at home, but I am more excited for him to experience life.

Training Umbrella Artwork by Christy’s daughter

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