I ran with the slugs this morning. I’m pretty sure I beat most of them.
I passed a few worms and some bull frogs too. And all the while, birds sang joyously from the treetops and telephone wires.
Seems like everyone was out enjoying the beautiful morning brought to us by some overnight storms. Unfortunately, our spring storm was the remnant of some devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma. Hard to believe how a storm can bring such beauty to some places, yet such destruction to others. My heart goes out to all the families who lost their homes and their loved ones in those areas. So sad.
On a brighter note, Mario graduated from 8th grade last Friday night, and we couldn’t be prouder. She had aspired to be Valedictorian or Salutatorian, but a few B’s knocked her out of the running. Her gold ropes proved she gave it her all though!
She was also striving for the perfect attendance award, however Grandma had other plans for her. The Superintendent was kind enough to mention how she had made it all the way up til the last week of school without missing a day. She had even intended to go to school til 1:30 PM the day of the funeral, and then head over to the church next door. But 2:00 PM was the cutoff time for her attendance to count, so unfortunately she was not eligible for the award. He told the story so lovingly. that by the time he’d finished, we were all in tears.
She received quite a few other awards that night. And of course the biggie – her diploma.
Afterwards, we tried to get a few candid shots of her with friends and family, but her 14 year old attitude clouded our efforts.
For some reason, she doesn’t think she’s pretty enough to photograph, and kept telling her dad “Noooo….”
But when she wasn’t looking, he got some beautiful shots.
And when she turned her head on him, he photographed her hair. (He was the one who had to take her to get it done since I was still at work. I won’t discuss how that conversation went over…)
And of course we had to get one with her sister….
Surely we can pass…. right? (Be nice. I’ve had a rough week at work.)
And finally, the last obligatory pose was with her proud papa
Many of her friends shed tears at the end of the ceremony. Half the class will go to the public high school, and the others will go to the Catholic high school, so they’ll be splitting up. Mario is not sad about this at all. She’s ready to part from her class of 15 that she’s been with for 9 years and spread her wings.
Another door closed, and we’re all excited for the next one to open.