Today my Nana is graduating ... I must admit I was watching the Today Show this morning and yes ... I cried ... they were talking about all the commencement speeches held around universities ... some were funny others were really inspiring ... ultimately even though I am going only to my first high school graduation ... my oldest is graduating ... I feel moved by the spirit of the day.
During orientation at school last weekend a speaker told us that parents not only cry for the emotion of their child, but also because of the change it means for the parent ... I have to admit his words hit home.
I am dealing with a change ... the change of not having her at home every day ... the change of not being in a sense responsible for her actions, the ability I felt I could protect her and guide her ... the inability to almost know her every minute of her every day ... my feeling (albeit impossible) that I could steer her away from poor decisions, harm, and pain.
So here we are today ... her senior high school graduation ... more tears to come ...
Great dinner with my nephew and brother-in-law!
Having family all over the world is not always easy ... in Europe and South America schools are still not over and with my Mom's illness travel is no longer possible ... so thankfully my BIL and nephew were able to come ... I am very close to my family and not having them close is hard ... but I am so thankful they are here ...
Let the celebration weekend begin!
... a dopo ... J