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Graduation, Parties and Reflections

So today – we celebrated my son graduating from high school – he officially graduates on Tuesday to receive his diploma and wear his cap and gown – but since it is only a formality at this point in time – to us it is a ‘done deal’.  And so we celebrate.

I remember my own graduation from high school.  I was the emotional one in my high school class – and not too excited about leaving high school – I was happy there and very involved with the music program – Concertones and Jazz Choir and also pretty involved in drama.  I had friends and a former boyfriend I knew I would never see again once high school was over and was not anxious for that thought.  Some of my ‘guy friends’ bought me a box of kleenex as a joke and I found it in the music room with a note ‘for Cindy’ written on it as our class was lining up to take our ‘walk’ as graduates.  The year was 1979 – and the day was not much

My Senior Picture

different from today was.  Sunny and mostly warm – no rain and that meant we could have the ceremony out on our football field.  Our choir sang – I cried all the way through it – as we sang “Notes from Paul”.  I remember going to the “Top of the Inn” with my boyfriend and both our families after graduation.  The relationship I had with that guy didn’t last much past high school – but it was a special if not emotional day for me – I do remember that.

So much has changed – and now my ‘baby’ is graduating.  I don’t feel too much different from the way I felt 31 years ago this month.  It’s funny – when you’re graduating from high school – you feel so old and mature.  You don’t realize it is just the beginning of your life in so many ways.  Still so much growing up to do – so many things to experience – so much of life still to come.  I’m not sure what things are coming their way for my son – but if he’s anything like me – he will learn it mostly through life experience and not so much what people tell him.  He will make his own reflections some day – and perhaps become a musician and a writer like me – and look back on the day he graduated as a stepping stone to another place – and a new beginning for him.

Life changes so much for us from the time we’re 18 to when we’re parents and then onward to midlife.  Our perspective changes as life ‘happens’ to us – and sometimes the things we believed and held so tightly to – slip away from us.  And sometimes we find out things that we didn’t believe – are suddenly thrust upon us.  Sometimes life is gentle and kind – sometimes it is not.  We encounter those who make life better and easier for us – and those that hinder us and make life difficult.  It is through all of these experiences that we learn as each is something new and unique to our separate ‘journey’ through life.   We find that not everyone can go with us on some of that ‘journey’.  Sometimes we need to find the strength to take step toward our future – on our own – with no one beside us except the Lord Jesus Himself.  And if we let Him lead and guide us through that path ahead of us – we find we’re never really alone.  It is those times that shape our character and help us make it through the tough times of pain, conflict and heartache that is ahead of us.  There is also deep joy in trusting your life to your creator – and know that He holds you and won’t let you go.  And that nothing will be too hard to encounter with His help and guidance to make it through.  It is a wonderful thing to discover what your God-given talents and gifts are – and then to be able to use them to the best of their ability.  There is no greater joy than to find what you were designed to do – find someone who loves you for you – and to love them back – no matter what storms may come into your path.  To experience the love and grace of the Lord through those storms – and those victories – the deepest valleys and the highest mountains of your existence – the good and the bad – the ugly and the beautiful – and to feel safe – ah….the greatest feeling in the world.

Here is wishing you and yours a wonderful season of love and great reflections.

God Bless

To Drew

You will graduate from University today

I remember when you first walked into our home

Shy and bashful

your eyes dancing with fun

it was like a peaceful wind had blown in our place

and never left

I remember the way you looked at my daughter

eyes fixed on her face

taking in every word she said

and you still do

I remember every conversation

the times we had to be tough

the rules and limitations we imposed on you

to protect our only daughter

who still lived at home then

And you were always gracious

never a harsh word

never an attitude or tone

the perfect gentleman

ready to take blame for any mistake

I remember when you came to be with Ashlee

when she was sick

you had to take two buses to get here

but you did

I remember Valentine’s Day

you were sick

and you still came

to be with her

I remember when Greg said,

“He’s the real deal” Ash.

“Guys vote with their feet”

and so you did

After that – we couldn’t get rid of you

you were always hanging around

and when Ashlee moved out on her own

we knew you would watch out for her

and you did

When you proposed

it was special and romantic

and you went to great lengths

to prove that you meant it

and you did

And then your wedding day came

you never changed

you were always the same

steady and true

unmovable and constant

it was just what Ashlee needed

and still does

You have worked hard – even after being married

this whole last school year

that nothing would interfere with your studies

and nothing did

You’re a hard worker

a finisher

slow and steady

with excellent follow through

and you did it

I am very proud of you today

I am anxious to see what the next step will be

in your career path

in your marriage

and in your life

Many blessings on you today

Lots of love  ♥♥♥

And Congratulations!

Room At The Top Of The Stair

This is very touching – a song written by folk legend, John McCutcheon for his eldest son when he had just graduated from high school.  I encourage you to watch it – especially if you have a son like we do.

Our son is about to graduation – one week from tomorrow and I can relate so much to this song.  The last part is especially humorous to those of you who have adult sons!

Enjoy!

There’s a room in our house at the top of the stair
It was empty at first, but we knew you’d be there
The dog got excited the day that you came
Guess he thought you smelled weird and I thought the same
The cries and the changing came every night
Changing me too ‘til I thought that I might
Just stand in the doorway for hours and stare
In that room at the top of the stair

There’s a room in our house at the top of the stair
It was all yours for years, then you had to share
Your calm world was burst by this loud little kid
Who mimicked and learned everything that you did
The games and adventures, the books and the plays
The hours of fantasy went on for days
And I watched in amazement, this most unlikely pair
In that room at the top of the stair

There’s a room in our house at the top of the stair
It was empty one night, we called everywhere
All those demons and danger that lurk in your heart
Slipped in the door and tore us apart
Till we found you at last in another boy’s home
Safe and asleep and forgetting to phone
And I lie awake lost in a pure grateful prayer
In that room at the top of the stair

There’s a room in our house at the top of the stairs
Now the door is shut tight
And the stereo blares
And you mother is worried about your young ears
No one has seen your carpet in years
And the hole in the wall that you made with your first
When the anger of aging was too hard to resist
The long light of love cast its shadow in there
In that room at the top of the stair

There’s a room in our house at the top of the stairs
Now the bed has clean sheets
And the floors are all bare
An acceptable place when folks come to stay
Your brother and you, boxed and move you away
To a duplex apartment just across town
I sit on the bed and as the memories rain down
There’s a whole in my heart, and it’ll always be there
In that room at the top of the stair (X2)

27 Years Ago

In this season of graduations – I thought I would share our graduation picture from Northwest University – formally Northwest College – in the spring of 1983.  Both my Son Shawn, and Son-in-law Drew are graduating from High School and University, respectively this spring.  Good times, good times.  I remember it was about 95 degrees the day we graduated and I could feel the sweat dripping down my front and back – I was wearing a brand new dress under that robe and back “in the day” the graduations used to be in the gymnasium and the room was HOT!!!

Hope you are building memories today with your family and friends.

God Bless!

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