It took eighteen years before it was possible for this big event to take place. Alyssa’s high school graduation was the end of one life and the beginning of another. With a heart full of gratitude, we all celebrated one of the most exciting events in Alyssa’s life thus far.
The day started with me giving Alyssa directions to the place where the ceremony would be held and unfortunately, I took her the long way. As a side note – never ask me for directions.
We-e-e-e-e-ell! I was really excited and not thinking clearly! I mean, she is my baby!
Anyway, we got in a traffic jam right in front of the place while waiting to be able to park. Because she feared being late, Alyssa grabbed her cap and gown, jumped out of the car, ran across the road and went into the building. That left me to jump out of the car, get into the driver’s seat and w-a-i-t for the traffic to move.
Eventually, I was able to park and everyone had saved me a seat inside.
My focus was on Alyssa. As I watched the reason for my motherhood excitedly await her diploma, I thought of all the years that preceded this wonderful event. So many priceless moments flashed before my eyes and tears constantly threatened to overflow like a river.
After several speakers had talked, they announced how the students would be called by name and the process they should take to receive their diploma. I felt a huge surge of pride and relief. I decided I would take a picture to forever remember how I was feeling. Precisely at that moment, Alyssa turned around and looked at me. I knew that she was feeling the same way.
My baby girl was graduating from high school and I was there to watch it.
This beautiful young woman has received the best part of me and I’m so proud to be able to call her my daughter.
No. My feelings go way past pride.
I love Alyssa beyond words – spoken or written.
Here we are…trying not to squint too badly, but totally melting in the heat.
Of course, I feel even more grateful that my child and mother love each other. The two of them look and act so much alike and I love them both so much.
So now I’m the mother of a high school graduate. In many ways, I too graduated that day. It is not only time for Alyssa to start a new life filled with adventure, but I’m also excited at the possibilities and opportunities for happiness that await me.
I wonder what the future has in store for both of us?