Graduation weekend came and DD was the center of attention as far as our family was concerned. She wasn’t that comfortable with all of it but she tolerated it well. Relatives came from near and far to celebrate the occasion.
Class night, I was gifted with a rose. I look like I was attacking my mother with it but I really wasn’t. The camera should have been aimed more at her than me. DD looks a bit embarrassed.
There were other activities. I know this wasn’t graduation because I wore a long dress to it and this was my resale shop red suit. I’m the one with the mushroom hairdo. Can I look at this picture and see the beginnings of a thyroid problem?
Now we’ll spring forward to graduation. It was at night and was held in the gym because the church wasn’t large enough to hold the crowd in attendance.
DD was walking down the aisle and my sister kept saying, “Where is she? Where is she?” She didn’t recognize her because she was looking for a blond. Big surprise!
I managed to slither across the other people to get this shot:
For the size school it was, the graduating class was quite large.
My granddaughter busied herself “taking pictures” of her left eye. She was wearing her favorite “Mo-mo” outfit.
After it was over, DD consented to pose with her Grandpa. He was proud as punch but sad at the same time that DH wasn’t there to witness the occasion.
The next morning, I pulled my little Honda around to the back of the dorm and we loaded all of DD’s belongings. It was the first time we’d done that since she had moved in. It took trip after trip to get everything into the car and it was packed to the gills. The trunk was full. The back seat was full. Things were stacked in the floor up to the level of the tops of the front seats. If we’d had a flat tire, it would have been a challenge to get to the spare.
She had made her decision to attend college in California. Unless she went to Hawaii, she couldn’t be any farther away from home and still be in the U.S. of A. The university that was nearby had a “free” summer session for the new freshmen. She decided she would take advantage of it and have one class out of the way. It lasted for several weeks and was jam packed.
I had been so sure she would decide to stay there but that wasn’t to be. This time it was her turn to go to California.