I woke up on graduation day to cloudy skies and an upset stomach. All the worrying about the weather and the ceremony and the details about the party had come down to this moment and the sky did not look promising. I had a cup of coffee and tried not to cry.
And then I remembered this little face, and I tried even harder not to cry. Eventually, I rallied and realized that the time had come and my baby girl was graduating, and I could either despair of the passage of time (and the weather) or I could suck it up and make the most of it. I went with making the most of it and the day immediately improved.
Not only did the sun brighten the sky a bit, but I got to take some pictures of my favorite model. She looked beautiful in her cap and gown. She’s missing her medallion and honor cord from Tri-M in this photo but they show up later.
We knew the decision about holding the ceremony inside or outside would be made by 11 and sure enough at 11 they decided to have it inside. I heard about it first on Facebook, confirming my opinion that nothing is legit until it shows up there. I will tell you that I was extremely disappointed at this decision. The sky was brightening by the minute and it didn’t look like it was about to rain at all.
Nevertheless, we headed for the high school gym. It was decorated and lovely and we chose seats in the balcony.
As we watched the graduates come in I got a bit choked up, and when I saw my Hannah march by I had tears in my eyes – but I didn’t go into the ugly cry! Hooray!
It turns out that the seats we chose (thanks to my stepdaughter Jessica) were perfect as Hannah was directly across from us. She’s the 2nd one from the left in that photo up there. Nice, huh?
The ceremony passed quickly and before I knew it we were home and the party was starting. We had about 75 friends and family join us to celebrate and it was a wonderful time. Everyone was complimentary about the food and the tent and the decorations.
Of course there was cake! And it was a fantastic cake, too!
I made candy graduation caps (just like last year) and we had personalized m&ms.
It was all so much fun and over before I knew it. But I can’t end this post without showing you my two favorite photos from the day.
The one for the mantle.
And the one that makes me laugh.
Thank you all for your support as I made my way through this time. I am so proud of my Hannah and, even though Lois always says, “roots are easy, wings are hard” I know the wings will be a bit easier because of all of you.