This year I’m experiencing high school graduation through a parent’s eyes. My daughter graduated this past May and did well in her classes. She graduated with an Honors Diploma and Magna Cum Laude; my and husband and I couldn’t be prouder. She’s an intelligent, kind and responsible young lady.
With High School graduation, there were events and celebrations. Preparing for prom and going dress shopping with her was a blast! It was fun taking pictures of her and taking pictures with her to record the moments. Following prom was the graduation ceremony. We were smiling with pride as we watched her receive her diploma. More pictures…
This past Saturday we hosted her graduation party at home. The American Greetings blog offered great advice for planning a graduation party and was very helpful. Thursday and Friday time went quickly. We cleaned, organized, shopped, ordered food, decorated and baked. And boy-oh-boy did we bake! 168 mini cupcakes to be exact! It was wonderful time spent together. The kind of time I treasure.
The time spent with our family at the graduation party was also special. I really enjoyed seeing everyone, both clans together. My cousins confirmed my feelings and said that I’ll adjust and get through post-graduation changes as they had. It was great talking with them, especially the seasoned moms, Cindy and Joy. I’m fortunate to have a large and loving family.
Kelly’s graduation also prompted many emotions: happiness, joy, excitement, and a bittersweet feeling; not sadness, but an anxious feeling about upcoming changes.
For 18 years we’ve been growing together, sharing the same home with many good mornings and nighty-nights, and lots of “I love you,” face to face. It’s been a wonderful adventure for us and we are very close. I’m happy for her and at the same time I’ll miss her dearly when she’s away at school.
Into uncharted territory as the adventure continues… When she goes away to college it will feel odd at first. Just going to the grocery store will be different. I’ll be alone, but it’s comforting to know that we can text and send pictures in real time. She’ll still be able to tell me the shoes I’m about to buy are ugly, or whether my outfit is acceptable. Thank goodness for modern technology! I’m thinking that we may want to upgrade to unlimited texting.
As she flies from the nest I will continue to pray for her safety, enjoy every moment I have with her, and trust we raised her and gave her the tools to navigate through her life well. And I will always be here for her.
Cheers to more milestones and accomplishments.