Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Happy Graduation Day to My Little Girl

This is a week of landmarks in the Fresh Hell household...and today is the day my only daughter graduates from Glendora High School.  I remember when she was born and I figured out that she'd be Class of '11 and that sounded kind of crazy!  Yet here we are, 18 years later!  Here's a picture of me and Girlie Girl when she was just about 13 months old :-)

I can't even imagine what the world is going to hold for Girlie Girl.  People say, all the time, that their child can do whatever they want...their options are unlimited.  And mostly it is true.  With Girlie Girl, it feels to me to be especially true.  She is such a bright, strong, personable young woman that she really, truly can take on the world! 

Since today is Wednesday, when I usually do a Choose and Defend, I'd love to sort of incorporate that.  Today, instead of two simple choices I want to ask a more open ended question.  What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of "Graduation".  Is it a memory?  A general thought about the nature of the beast?  Tell me about it in comments.  I love hearing your thoughts!!!  Thx.  xx.


Ananda girl said...

A teeny bit of sadness. When I worked at the school, I used to help with the graduation process. The seniors would gather in my library and don their gowns, laugh and talk as they waited to go. This was my time to look at how they all had grown over the school years and speak my and best wishes good-byes.

Ananda girl said...

Ooops! I forgot you to pass on my congratulations to your daughter! Please do.

laura b. said...

Ananda: Oh yes. Those must have been some wonderful moments. I can imagine how you'd miss that part of your work.
And thank you, I will :-)

Churlita said...

Congrats to Girly girl. Graduation was like falling off a cliff for me. I had been in a horrible, abusive situation since I was 10 and my mom died and my aunt and uncle became my legal guardians. I had no idea what to expect from my adult life. Graduation seemed to kick that off. It was some rough going at first, but I feel like things get better and better the farther I've moved away from it.

secret agent woman said...

It probably should be the bittersweetness of watching my older son graduate from high school last week and the recognition that our lives are about to change. But the memory that really stands out for me is getting hooded at my doctoral graduation. I felt, briefly, like the world was at my feet.

laura b. said...

Churlita: When I consider your life, as you grew to adulthood, I am so in awe of your great strength and resourcefulness.
When I read about your girls and the life you have now I feel so, so happy for you and what you've created.

Secret: No shoulds here! I can only imagine how you must have felt at that moment with a bright new future opening up to you. I hope you still feel, at least sometimes, like the world is at your feet.