now it begins

At last, the day for which we have all gathered – commencement!

Rising at 4:45am, and making a quick stop at Starbucks, we were on our way. It is no secret that I like to arrive early, especially when seats need to be reserved.

First in line! Forty-five minutes prior to the doors opening, we were in a prime position to secure ten GOOD seats. (I know, it says 6 is the limit—). And that’s how it came to pass, that we would be seated on the preferred side, and preferred level, with a most excellent view.

We watched Jack enter and take a seat. He’s seated in the row adjacent to the concrete steps on the left. Not certain where we were seated, he glanced around and our enthusiastic group wave identified us. With a slight nod he acknowledged us. Such a cool guy.

The Keller ISD school superintendent made a few remarks as the ceremony began, including “as you leave here it’s a new beginning.” The salutorium suggested “let go of the past eighteen years and face the unknown. The valedictorium told the students, “life is now what we make it – get busy living!”

“Set your own path.”

“Be grateful for the blessings bestowed upon you.”

Afterwards we caught up with Jack in the midst of hundreds of families all seeking to reunite with their graduate. Boisterous and gentle joy.

“You’re off to Great Places!

Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting,

So… get on your way!”

Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

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