I’m in Washington, D.C. for my daughter Christina’s college graduation. Wow, the emotions are swirling! Just last year, our first child, Katherine, graduated from college. And now Christina.
It was a blink of an eye ago that I was playing at the park with Christina, braiding her hair, having tea parties, reading her Goodnight Moon.
I’m so very proud of Christina. She challenged herself and she made it. I’m excited for this new phase of her life. Graduating is a thrilling experience but I know, for all these kids, it’s also scary because the list of unknowns goes on and on.
Where do they go? What do they do? Can they get a job? Does it pay? Do they have loans hanging over them? Do they move back home?
But for today, and for the next few days, I hope these graduates stay in the moment and let the questions rest. I’m going to try to do it myself. I’m going to pause during these festivities — pause in the wonder of Christina and pause in gratitude for this moment.
I want Christina to pause, too, so she can feel this experience and so when her own kids graduate, God willing, she can remember how she felt in this moment and how proud we all were of her.
And what a moment it is: Christina is graduating from Georgetown, my Alma Mater. Today, I will don a robe and walk in a ceremony with her. I’m sure there will be tears.
On Saturday, she will walk alone with her family cheering from the sidelines. That’s life — each of us have to walk into our own. If you are lucky enough, your family will cheer you on but you have to grab it and make it what you want it to be.
So, for all those graduating this weekend or during this graduation season, I say, “Bravo…congrats…you did it! The same goes for the parents.
Bravo, Christina! All of us — your dad, your brothers and sister and all your cousins, aunts, uncles and friends — love you so much and are so proud of you.
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