i would love to replay the moments of last night over and over again.
the minutes as we wait patiently for our oldest to graduate from this school we've loved so much -
rgs is truly a special place.
i brought a box of tissues
expecting that as the slideshow played i'd tear up watching how much our babies have grown -
thankfully it was alphabetical so by the 'd's' i had used up my tears.
mrs. lucas takes the stage and begins the ceremony
with twelve specially chosen awards to be presented.
i get comfortable and admire my daughter, proud of who she has become.
the first award is for 'most improved' and i hear zoe's name called
yes, i'm proud but really didn't think much of it.
then i hear her name called again
a character award where she was chosen by her classroom peers - wow!
again, 'excellence in music'- i'm thinking to myself, really? who knew?
then comes the principal's award
i hear her name again and see
zoe walk onto the stage
my eyes begin to water
as quoted from courage, a book presented to her
there is a term i use to describe you, 'old soul'. you have the kindness, wisdom, intelligence, and compassion of a wise woman rocking in her chair. i know your future is bright. i know i will cross paths with you again. mrs. lucas"
i am beaming with pride
lastly i hear my girls name called once again
this time for an award that shows just what her moral compass is
i look over at craig and he too has tears in his eyes
it's at this defining moment
when all our self doubts as parents are washed away
we look at each other and know that for all the things we do wrong in our lives
the bad decisions that have caused us to struggle
that the one thing we are doing right
is the most important thing
and that's raising our children
with the strongest of convictions, morals and values
that our goodness as people
and always doing what's right
truly does come full circle
as attested to by our daughter who has made us so very, very proud.