So I got myself up early on Saturday morning and let the dogs out as I sipped on some tea before the mad rush of the day. I sat and pondered how the time had flown by and my daughter was graduating today. I was grateful for how she had grown into her own independent, strong woman that I see. She can handle anything.
However, getting dressed might be a struggle. She came upstairs and got her clothes on and we made sure the graduation gown didn’t have too many wrinkles in it. I curled her hair and at the last minute she decided she wanted to decorate her cap. What!?! So, I dragged out some paper and bling and glue and got to work. Once we finished that, she was out the door.
The other kids got ready and we ate some food as we were told many people were already at the minidome where graduation was being held. We arrived and found some seats and saved seats for other family members not yet there.
I sat around looking at all the graduates on the floor and all the people there to cheer on these 521 students. They all had worked hard to get there.
I realized the classes, studying, papers, tests, dates, break ups, tears, friends, athletics, laughter, smiles, were all over. I sat and looked at how all these kids were alike yet all so very different. Everyone was heading to a new adventure and this was the first start to that journey.
All our family finally arrived and the graduation started. As we watched all the students line up and hear their name read as they walked across the stage, and cheers were heard in the crowd, I realized how proud and happy I felt. I thought I would cry but I didn’t – I was more so excited for each of these kids. The teachers, administrators, coaches, friends, and family that were here for the kids was palpable.
The rest of the weekend ended in a few graduation parties and celebratory events and dinners. Gifts were included. It was nice to see the graduates and the families optimistic for the future.
So as the graduation balloons deflate, I will forever be grateful for my daughters journey thus far. Here’s to a new chapter!