|On his way in.|
A flurry of morning activities paused as we realized we had 30 minutes to spare (!). Rather than sit on hard benches, we turned on the tube. Because even though it was a mega-gross room, it was still a hotel room with a TV.
|Our littlest fell back asleep after breakfast and got a nice cat nap.|
By the way, you will see my oldest daughter wearing these glasses in a lot of photos;
She is Luna Lovegood right now.
And then we were off. A good friend kept our youngest two since we knew this would be too long for them--every time I heard a baby cry or a kid groan, "I'm SO bored!!" I was grateful again for Lisa!
We found fairly good seats, all things considered, and waited. Sometimes excitedly waited and sometimes bored waited. We all brought books, but there were too many people to watch.
Justin's two younger sisters drove all the way to see him graduate. It meant a lot to both of us. Thank you, Lindsey and Ashley!
|Aren't they pretty? I was so intimidated when I first married into this family|
because I thought Justin's sisters and mom were so beautiful.
Then the lights dimmed and I started to cry. Pomp and Circumstance played loudly and the arena erupted in cheers. I played the cello for three high school graduations before I was the one graduating. I thought I hated that song--especially the cello's repetitious part, but when it came on today, it was my favorite song ever. Ever.
Add to the already emotion inducing music, this huge bell. I don't know if there is any meaning behind it, but it had a powerful effect on me. In fact this was one of my two favorite parts of the ceremony. This big guy had to really work to get it going and then, booming from the PA, a deep and authoritative voice: The College of Pharmacy. Justin was second in line and when I saw him as I simultaneously heard the other things, it was suddenly real. We had made it. We had done it.
All of those toilets I cleaned, all of the afternoons and weekends Justin worked and we made do without Dad, all of the early mornings, coupon clipping, creative budgeting and daily pleadings with the Lord to help us through. All of that and
and now it is over.
Then, a lot of sitting. Waiting. Clapping. Most people in the audience stopped clapping after the first few graduates. They would clap for their graduate, but otherwise sat playing games on their phones. I clapped for every person. Eight claps.
It was only 39 degrees when we got to the arena that morning, but the sun broke out and it warmed up to a balmy 50 by the time we got out of there. It was a bright, green spring day. A to remember forever.
|Exiting. Well, and exciting. Both.|
|With some of his girls. We are all happy with our daddy!|
|All of us. More than one camera. Oh, well. What a great day.|
|Siblings. There is a great story that goes along with this, but I am too tired to write it all out tonight.|
Later, I promise.
|Doctor of Pharmacy. I'm going to sleep with a doctor tonight.|
Justin, you just graduated from Pharmacy School. What are you going to do now?
"I'm going to Disneyland!!"