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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Two Sleeps Til Graduation

is almost here. It's been five days since I've had to do anything school-related, and I am finally beginning to relax. There are many preparations for this milestone celebration. Slowly but surely, I am ticking them off my list. I am a pretty good planner, so I have been taking care of business for several months (ordering invitations, gown, cap, hood, honors cords, hiring a caterer, etc.)

I picked up my mother-in-law from the airport this afternoon. I am so happy she is here to celebrate with me. My family members do not travel, and I know they will be thinking of me on my special day. My "family of creation" will be here, however, and I am filled with joy for their presence in my life.

When I came home today, there was a box of flowers in the kitchen. I opened the box and was so excited to read a note from a dear, long-time friend. She is so thoughtful and kind. She has always been there--since junior high school, all the way through college--and for many years thereafter. She read a psalm at my wedding, I rocked her twin babies to sleep, and we have spent memorable bits and pieces of time together over the years. She is in Illinois, and I in Georgia, yet no matter how much time lapses, we fall back into place and it seems like it was only yesterday that we were acting in plays and practicing speeches together in high school, or skipping sociology classes during the summer semester at UW-Oshkosh.

I am touched that she always remembers, and I will try to never forget...

~Ms. T. J.


  1. Happy graduation to  you
    Happy graduation to you
    Happy graduation dear TJ
    Happy graduation to you!!!!!

    (I love that song, it works in so many different ways!)

  2. TJ, your career as a social worker is just beginning!  Sleep well, and have a fantastic graduation celebration!

  3. T.J. - The twins are now a year from graduation themselves and I can only hope they are as creative, senstive, loving and kind as you.  I am SO proud of you.  A long journey so far and many new avenues to pursue.  Maybe YOU can read a psalm at one of THEIR weddings?  But you have to promise not to cry like I did at yours.  Love you always- Bones