HUNTSVILLE - Graduation is a special time for anyone, but for the Bacon family in Huntsville, today is bittersweet.
For Sam, Taylor, Katy, and Chase Bacon, their high school graduation is more than just a milestone.
"We're going to start making choices for ourselves and direct the rest of our lives as individuals and not as a group as we have been for the past 18 years," said Taylor, who graduated in the top 10% of the class of 403 students.
They're collectively called the "Bacon Bits". They're quads that have literally worked together as a team all their lives. Through some especially dark times.
"He is extremely proud of us, I mean we've all made mistakes going through the path to graduate high school but I think he's pretty proud of us," said Sam.
They lost their father to cancer seven years ago, but their mom, Sally, has been determined to keep going.
"Mark and I always wanted them to be independent. Even though they were born as quads, all at the same time, we always wanted them to have their own identity. We wanted them to be individualized," Sally said.
Seeing her kids leave the nest has been hard, but she deals.
"I do okay if people don't talk to me."
It takes a strong woman to carry on.
"After he passed away, I made a promise to Mark and I made a promise to myself that I was going to get these kids raised and that's what I did."
The Bacon Bits will spend the summer working and then head their separate ways to college. Sam to Blinn, Taylor to LSU, Katy and Chase to Sam Houston State.
"I'm so, so proud of them. They're great kids," Sally said.