- Upon hearing Pomp and Circumstance, I was instantly taken back to my own high school graduation ceremony and it felt quite impossible that I was not, indeed, 18 years old myself, but was watching my own 18 year old daughter enter the theater with her class.
- The only time I got choked up the entire weekend (can you believe it??) was when she and her class were instructed to move their tassels to the other side of their caps, indicating that they were now alumni of Marian High School. Alumni!
- Prepping for a graduation party is a lot of work. We decided to do all the food and cupcakes for 100+ people. But - I enjoyed all the preparations with my daughter, mom and mother-in-law. Thanks to google, we were able to calculate how much of everything we needed (and even though we had more people than we expected, we still had leftovers). We browned hamburger, baked cupcakes, shopped for decor, bought taco toppings, and generally had a great time doing it all.
- We went to church on Saturday night so we could prep on Sunday morning for the party that afternoon. All the girls and moms sat at the island, laughing and icing cupcakes. My dad blew off the deck and sprayed for mosquitoes. Everything ran smoothly and I thoroughly enjoyed the time we had together as we pulled it all together for our girl. That morning's preparations will remain embedded in mind as some of the best memories of the weekend.
- Extended family arrived and with them, two of my dear friends from college. They drove 8+ hours to come and run the kitchen for me during the party. Yes - that was their purpose in coming - to celebrate our daughter, and to work. And work they did! As people arrived, my husband, daughter and I stayed near the front door, greeting everyone, while my friends worked tirelessly, refilling food, drinks and cupcakes. And looking fabulous while doing it! I was beyond moved by their generous outpouring of love for me and my family. I guess I was wrong above, because I cried for the second time that weekend, when they left to head back to Missouri. How grateful I am to have such friends as they are!
- After everyone left, and all the dishes were washed, and the chairs and tables returned to church, we sat down with our immediate family while our daughter opened her cards and gifts. After awhile we sent the younger kids to bed and it was just us with her. And the emotions of the weekend caught up with her. As she read everyone's kind words of support and love, she was overwhelmed. What a blessing to feel overwhelmed with such things!
And now, as things are shifting from graduation into summer, we are able to rest again a bit. What a beautiful week/weekend it was, watching her take that step toward college and adulthood. She is ready and equipped for it. There is so much ahead to look forward to!