Feels like it was yesterday...
"What was I wearing? What type of backpack did I have?"
Elise Tartaglia, 18, a 2010 Liverpool High School graduate, asked her parents Tom and Mary Jo these same questions as they looked at a 13-year-old edition of the Liverpool Review.
The newspaper clipping contains a photograph of Tom giving his then 5-year-old daughter Elise a hug just seconds before she would enter her kindergarten classroom inside Liverpool Elementary in September of 1997.
"Was it that jumpsuit thing?" Elise asked.
"No, I think it was that little jacket you liked so much," Mary Jo told her daughter.
The memorable photo ran again in an end-of-the-year edition Dec. 31, 1997, with the the following cutline, "The class of 2010 took their seats for the first day of school."
"That must have sounded weird back then," Elisa said. "The class of 2010."
"It seems like it was a long time away," Tom said.
"I never wanted to rush to have you grow up. It felt like a lifetime ago," Mary Jo said.
Seeing the story and pictures from 13 years ago reminds Tom how fast time goes by and that time with his children should be enjoyed and cherished every day.
"I remember the day like it was yesterday," Tom said. "She has become everything I could of hoped for."
Like father like daughter, like mother like
Both Tom and Mary Jo talked about the moments Elise's older sister Nicole, 22, graduated from LHS in 2005 and how she has finished college at SUNY Oswego.
However, they agreed that seeing Elise finish high school and begin college has not become any easier even though they have experienced this before.
"I think it's harder because it's the last one," Tom said. "The last one to go through elementary school, the last one to go through middle school, the last one to go through high school."