As I gear up for my oldest daughter to graduate from high school, I was hit by the nostalgia bug.  I look back at her life...her first day of school. She was so excited to show off her Pocahantas backpack and to see who else brought a peanut butter sandwich. I had to be gently guided out of the class by my husband, who kept saying, "See, she is happy and doing good.". I stayed to see if she looked back but she didn't, she was totally engrossed with the book her teacher was reading to her.

Going through the school years - had some hard times and some amazing times. First honor roll, first time she gave an oral book report. First time she noticed boys didn't bug her, first crush,  first boyfriend, first kiss. The first time we had to completely trust her to be home on time and not get into trouble. First fight with our teenager. So many memories.

Then I thought about my graduation. How was I, what do I remember. Was a good student, did I give my parents as much trouble as my daughter gave me?!?! Did that curse REALLY work???

So here I am, looking at her, so grown, beautiful and so confident of who she is. She didn't want to wear a dress with the gown, but changed her mind and we bought a nice dress and heels. My tomboy is gone and this amazing young lady stands before me.

I want to share so much but can't think of what to say. When I heard my name being called, it was excitement, as I walked across the stage to get my diploma, it was nervous knots, when I looked down at my diploma (with all signatures to show I actuall passed!!) it was relief and excitement!!  This is one event (along with college grad, marriage, births)that you will remember fondly as the years go by. Something to cherish and be proud of.

 What do you remember, what are your graduation memories??

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Jun. 2, 2008 at 10:49 PM

That was very very sweet.  I'm so excited for you and Maria.  I know you how very proud of her you are and yes I remember my Graduation and it was the coolest day ever so I know that feeling that Maria is going through and I know you remember that same feeling.  My turn for my Daughter will be coming soon enough.  Enjoy the moment, you have so many more.  Talk to you soon.


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Jun. 3, 2008 at 5:00 PM

Oh wow Lisa, this is just the sweetest entry. I could feel myself choking up as I was reading it just thinking of the feelings you must be going through both happy and sad all at once (and of course thinking of seeing my oldest son graduating in 2 years too.)  :-( I know you must be so very proud... I remember my graduation so clearly. It doesn't seem like that many years have passed, but...Wow, Time flies. Enjoy every second and take tons of pictures :-)


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