“You’re off to Great Places
Today is your day
The Mountain is waiting
So…get on your way!”
Dr. Suess, Oh, the Places You’ll Go
She talked in sentences at eleven months and ran before she walked. Born with a beautiful smile, a curly head of hair, and a tender heart, my granddaughter Lauren lights up a room with grace and kindness, can do a mean dance to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”, and climbs a sheer rock wall like a gecko.
Last Saturday I was part of the proud crowd of parents, grandparents, and friends who watched and waited for their special one to walk across the stage and receive their diploma. I’ve been sitting in early summer commencement audiences for ten years now and we’re getting down to the last few graduates.
Unlike previous years, the scholarly types in charge didn’t scold and warn the collective group about preemptive celebration, so the procedure stretched a bit as each robed walker received a well-deserved round of hoots and hollers. Bridg brought out the caramel M&Ms when our peanut gallery got boisterous and somehow our family row stayed awake and alert until it was our girl’s turn.
Sixteen or so years later
Katie, Lauren, Leah
Bridget, Lauren, Katie, Caleb, Ronnie
Lauren received a Batchelor of Arts degree, majoring in Spanish and ESL, and will start working full-time at Thrive, a local non-profit that assists at-risk youth and immigrant families. Her family is so proud of her, enjoys her sweet nature, and is confident that she will turn her world into an even better place.
Graduation Pound Cake
- 3 sticks butter, room temperature
- 3 cups sugar
- 6 room temperature eggs
- one 8 oz. block cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 cups flour