I’m going to be 80 years old this month and still I was able to fly to LA and attend the graduations of my grandchildren with their parents*. (It was my first travel and big event since the pandemic which was exciting in itself.)
My grandson finished his undergraduate work without fanfare. He didn’t get the traditional celebration. COVID-19 won that round. But In addition to holding a full-time job, he took on graduate work and received a Masters Degree in Data Science from USC on the evening of May 13th and I was there to watch. What a thrill!
On that same day afternoon, my granddaughter graduated from USC with a Masters in Social Work. My oldest grandchild, she stepped over all of the slippery rocks that have tried to trip her up and stood tall to receive that degree. I couldn’t be happier for her.
They were many pleasures to the trip. I loved meeting longtime friends of my granddaughters’. And was privileged to take my grandson, my granddaughter, and her partner to dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant – a new experience for me. Having them to myself as adults gave me even much insight into the people they have become.
Life is not without disappointments. I did not get to meet my grandsons love. And there was no time for my granddaughter to perform in her role as a standup comedian. Oh well, another time.
For now i get to love and admire the way each and every one of my children and grandchildren walk through the world.
* I couldn’t have done it without the support of my son and his wife.