It’s hard to believe it, but as you are reading this, I am on my way to South Florida to watch my Chicky cross a stage once again.
This time, we are honoring her as she officially graduates from college with a degree in Elementary Education.
She’s been finished for over a month and has been teaching that long as well, but this ceremony is extremely important as it provides closure to four years that went by in a flash.
It seems like only a short time ago when I bid her a very tearful farewell the first August I left her at Southeastern.
You might remember that post.
It was so difficult to watch her walk into her future, uncertainties abounding, and so many hours away from me.
She bravely took those steps and each and every one that followed.
Some were easy and fun, while others were much more difficult.
Her first semester was certainly a challenge as she adjusted to a rigorous soccer schedule and academic classes that would kick anyone’s behind.
She hung in there, faced each obstacle with grace, and finished her program a semester early.
I don’t know that I’ll cry as she accepts her diploma tonight because, unlike the tentative steps she made four years ago as she entered the unknown, she’ll be crossing the stage with confident strides…the walk of a young professional, fully prepared to do the task now in front of her.
I am so thankful for the last four years, the wonderful college where she spent them, and the people she met along the way – each day…each experience a gift from the Lord.
As you walk down that aisle, and as you make your way across the stage, I hope you know that I am so proud of you for finishing what you started. You are a goal-oriented young woman and always accomplishes what you set out to do.
I am grateful for the good decisions you have made…for the promises you kept to yourself and to God…for the young adult you’ve become along the way.
I love you with all of my heart.