Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Graduate...

It's official- Anna has graduated! The ceremony was beautiful and A REALLY BIG DEAL. Which is good... there are certain occasions were all stops should be pulled out and high school graduation qualifies as such a time. The young ladies wore white gowns and the gentlemen tuxedos with tails...each graduate was shiny, bright and completely stunning. The ceremony itself full of pomp and circumstance and every minute was absolutely perfect. You could almost hear all of the memories running through the minds of all of the parents of the kids when they were little kids. The chapel was filled with emotion... the adults were reflective and graduates were just so incredibly excited... isn't that the way it always is?

The kids relaxed a bit after the diplomas were awarded.

As Anna hung out at the house all morning, we played Pomp and Circumstance on i-tunes whenever she entered a room. This desensitizes a person to the meaning of the song and after the third time of my getting teary when Anna stumbled into the kitchen to the march of the Pomp... Karl got annoyed at me for making myself cry and "changed the channel." It worked though... I was glad to get some of the teariness out of the way before the actual graduation took place.

Grandma and Grandpa with their first graduate grandkid.

Seating was limited at the ceremony so siblings of the graduates were not able to attend. Mary arrived just afterwards and posed with Anna for photos.
We are so proud and plan to completely enjoy the next two months of Anna at home before she leaves for college in August. I am excited and happy for her to start the next phase of her life and am doing my best to step away from getting caught up in the nostalgia of little Anna. She has many gifts to offer and a gentle heart and I really can't wait to see where she goes and what she becomes.

"The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change."
Maya Angelou

"The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades..."
Timbuk 3

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