Such a wonderful day I had yesterday (May 7th) as I attended the Honor's Breakfast with my dear hubby and son. The weather was rainey and cool, but it promised to be sunshine and mild later in the day. It made my day to watch my son receive his Phi Theta Kappa honor cords and scarf, and watch my hubby's face as he watched both of us receive the cords. The breakfast wasn't too bad, but the coffee was terrible! Awards were made, neither of which my son and I won, but we had been in the running.
We returned home and then proceeded to get ready for graduation. Hard to believe it's been two years of hard work, and it was now coming to an end, perhaps. We went to theatre to be told how the ceremonies were going to be handled, what we were to do and to get our name cards with degree information, which we were to hand to the announcers when it was our turn to get our diplomas. Finally, it was time and 393 of us lined up and proceeded to enter the arena 2 by 2 to the traditional pomp and circumstance music. I caught a glimpse of my husband snapping pictures as my son and I entered. I on one side and my son on the other. He was still up for an award and had to be one of the first 14 students to enter. As I watched Ray snap pictures, I couldn't help but notice the huge grin on his face as we passed. I watched as student after student received their diplomas and then I heard them announce my son's name. As I watched him approach the stage, I swore to myself, I will not yell, I will not yell ... like hell I won't, "That's MY son!" I shouted amidst the quiet. I could see him cringe, but smile at teh same time.
Then it was my turn, and I was up on stage receiving my diploma. The President of the college leaned into me and whispered in my ear, "a job well done, Terri." I smiled and fought back tears. As I stopped and waited for the school photographer to snap my picture, I saw another flash as my hubby snapped his. I almost couldn't see his eyes because of the grin on his face.
Then it was over, with the reception being kind of anti-climatic. But I had done it. It took 40 years, but I was now a college graduate and with honors, no less. More importantly, I had graduated beside my son. Now THAT is a Mother's Day present I will long remember. To me, this was the best day ever.
Sorry for rattling, but just had to share. NOW, I can try to get some quilting done. If I can find which boxes they're hiding in.
Have a great day and a better tomorrow - Terri at the Drake's Nest in beautiful "up nort" Ossineke, MI