One of the funnest things I get to do as a homeschool mom is plan my kid’s graduation. I get to write a bio for the program, create a slideshow of his life, and present his diploma to him. And since I’m his mom, I get a special dispensation to be proud and mushy. It is like a Law. Or something.
I present Lincoln’s bio that will appear in the graduation program in a few weeks.
“Dad taught me to control my anger, but Mom taught me that it is okay to be angry.”
—Lincoln James Gaskins
Lincoln is book-smart and talented, for which his parents are thankful, but they are most proud of the attributes for which he had to work hard.
He honors the vulnerable, whether that is a little sister, a grandmother, or a lonely person he meets in his day-to-day. He challenges authority to behave better.
He takes risks, putting on a pink, sequined jacket and walking onto a stage to belt out a song in a huge theater when he feels like vomiting.
He has endured a storm that ripped through his life, stole his security, challenged everything he thought he knew to be true, and he turned to provide a safe haven for his younger sisters.
Lincoln is a man who puts aside his own comfort for the sake of others.
He dares to ask the big questions about God, life, and what it means to love and do good. He is wise enough to know that he does not have all the answers, and that it is the questions that are important anyway.
At 17 years old, he has learned enough wisdom to recognize his many weaknesses. He knows that his anger can consume him, that he has biases he knows about and those he doesn’t, that he avoids making decisions.
He is funny, kind, still kisses his mama and has a strong sense of justice.
In August, Lincoln will attend UNC Charlotte where he will play his cello, nerd out on music theory and play as many instruments as his fingers can touch. Eventually, he will complete a degree in Music Education.
He plans to share a 12’ x 15’ dorm room with his older brother, Sidney, so he would appreciate prayers.