Commencement means a new beginning.
When I graduated high school 53 years ago I thought of graduation as an end, but it actually was the beginning of my journey into adulthood.
My mom used to say, "If only I knew then what I know now." Made no sense!
Soren Kierkegaard stated: Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.
Makes sense now. Looking back I can see how my decisions and choices affected my life.
I had so many hopes and dreams for my future. Six months after graduation I married the boy I went steady with for three years. I know!
We could not wait to get away from home. Back then, girls did not strike out on their own.
On our one year anniversary he received his draft notice, and half a year later we were in Alaska where he was stationed with the US Army. About a year after that we had a baby daughter.
I never dreamed I'd be in Alaska, but I always wanted babies. Three years later, back home, we had a son. I loved being a mommy. That was my dream come true!
This is my daughter Tracey on her high school graduation day, a couple weeks before her 18th birthday. She was Grandma Ginny's girl, and we were both so proud of her. Now she's married has a girl and boy and grand kids! Where does time go?
2020 has been a crazy year. He did not get to celebrate prom, senior days, or graduation ceremony due to Covid-19 pandemic. Is he disappointed? Absolutely, but he's able to accept what he can and let go of what he can't. He's resilient, ambitious and will be a success. Life is what you make it.
He has a great attitude.