Graduation 2012, with many more to follow (we pray).
I have written about milestones ( The Blur, Milestones) in the past, and once again we have reached another one, graduation. It was small, quaint, personal and touching, pretty much the opposite of my highschool graduation. Decorations were minimal as it was held at Beach Community Church, a naturally tropical decoration in itself. The graduates donned a blue gown and blue cap, with the ladies sporting a white sash around their necks.
Each of the four graduates gave a speech, each touching, most tearful and all from the heart. Our Pastor’s wife gave the commencement speech, and it was fantastic. She molded right into the mode of the ceremony, touching on God and humility. Both Alli and Dorian both won numerous awards, and Alli ended up being the valedictorian, giving a wonderful speech with her beautiful smile beaming throughout. Dorian’s speech was short and to the point, typical Dorian. And the morning was filled with inside jokes and much laughter upon the stage.
As I sat there watching the events unfold in front of my, wiping an occasional tear from my eye, and dealing with a consistent lump in my throat, I recalled the years of home schooling, the entry into high school, public school, and now a small private school in Costa Rica. Which led me to recall my own college years. I remember the good times, I remember the buildings, the smells, the tiredness, stress, tests, tons of friends, but most of all I remember that is where I met my wife. That is my current connection to that world, from this world. That is where this period of my life started, 25 years ago. That is what lead to today. It was impossible to not contemplate the next step in my two eldest children’s lives. Where will they go? What will they do? Who will they marry? And as I sat and pondered these things I realized that when I graduated from high school I did not think once about any of that. I assumed I would be successful in whatever I did or wherever I went. I assumed it would all be taken care of, I assumed it would be easy. I was ignorant, arrogant and naive, but I was supposed to be.
But after I met my wife I knew one thing, that wherever I went, whatever I did I wanted it to be with her, and in that I have been successful. So I pray for Alli and Dorian that they will follow God’s path for their live’s sooner than I did, listen to what he whispers to their heart, and most of all that God would bless them, as he did me, with someone who will walk with them, nudge them, be honest with them and be their helpmate for all their days on this earth. If so, then it will not matter where you go or what you do, as long as you are with whom God appointed you, and where God sent you. And I pray that one day as they watch their children take that walk in their cap and gown, they too can reflect on where it all began.