My family celebrated my niece Heather's high school graduation this weekend.
Heather graduated from the same high school I graduated from 28 years ago.
28 years ago!!
I adored high school. It was a fantastic time for me and set the stage for a rich academic/social experience which I am still enjoying today as the perennial student.
It was strange and wonderful to go back. As I perused the names of the faculty I was surprised to find that none of the teachers I had were listed. That is when it hit me that it was indeed quite a long time since I ran that track, performed on that stage or bopped down those halls with my twin brother ( I bopped, he sauntered - he was always 'cooler' than I was).
The graduation was a grand excuse to gather everyone together. My Mom and Dad drove up from Florida (see mom at right posing at the graduation as per my request) and childhood friends stopped by the house.
We played volleyball, had sword fights and cooked.
I made sure that the heavy metal music was interrupted by some Different Drum era Linda Ronstadt. And I bopped along to that.
Heather's little sister, my magical niece Samantha, also brought to my attention that she graduated from kindergarten just a few days before. So, I made sure to make the appropriate fuss about that and give her the fair share of attention. We relaxed on the grass while she told me more about angels and healing.
The parties have ended and things are getting back to normal. Except for the fact that for Heather, her boyfriend Vinny and many other graduates their lives will never quite be the same again. Good luck on your journey!