Samantha is a high school graduate. I never thought for a minute she would not graduate. I know that she will have other days in her life that honor bigger accomplishments. But today, she is thrilled to be a graduate and we are proud of her. Samantha is not fond of change. She likes to have a plan and she likes thrives on structure and routine. Sometimes that routine is sleeping away a summer morning followed by a strict regimen of netfilx in the afternoon, but, she does have a plan. The future is unplanned and whether or not she will say it out loud, she is intimidated by the future. High school was safe and secure. The future will be her adventure. And she will rock it like she rocked high school. No doubt.
The senior class - ready to do this. The speeches by the valedictorian and two salutatorians were mainly about finding yourself in a troubled world; being the best person you can and helping those around you; also lots of don't forget these years and who got you here - remember your friends and your teachers. Remember that your parents supported you. And one sentiment that hit me was something the valedictorian said - he said remember how you feel right now. This instant. Are you proud? A little scared? A little sad? A little apprehensive? Really happy? Mix all that together and use in your future. Remember being happy and proud and a little scared - then go accomplish something that will make you feel like this all over again. Go be someone.
Jonathan Pace, Samantha's boy/friend (sometimes that's true, sometimes it's not, but, they are always friends!) - also the happy graduate. Then obligatory picture with Mom and Dad with our graduate.
The whole gang - in the front is Samantha, of course. JMichael to the left with Juanita Brumbley, Grandmom, behind him. Then we have me, Rachel, Charlotte and Josephine across the middle. In the back on the left is Evan Haines, Rachel's boyfriend, and Dad, and then Jonathan, Samantha's boy/friend.
Congratulations, Samantha. We love you and we are proud of you!