Life’s Commencement

With or without pomp and circumstance I have been a part commencements for over 50 years.  Memories of my older sister in her cap and gown are fresh in my mind.  The years of black-and-white photography forever captured her in the somber colors of yesteryear.  There were no school colors for robes in those times.   […]

Graduation – an End and a Beginning

Dear Grandson, Happy Graduation! Onward and Upward on your new path! Look to the future! New people, new experiences! Yeah, yeah, yeah… I know. The sadness of leaving high school isn’t discussed much, is it? No one talks about what you are leaving behind. Graduating is a happy experience. Your achievements are celebrated, accolades are […]

Parable of the Mustard Seed – My Version

“If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matthew 17:20 (New Living Translation) Dear Granddaughter, I was raised with this concept that one could accomplish miracles, veritably move mountains, if one could only […]

…on Leaving Middle School

“My last day of 8th grade feels like my first. I’m just a little more tired, more experienced, and know a little more about trigonometry.”–Seiji Dear Grandson, No big deal, right? Okay, leaving middle school for high school isn’t like REALLY graduating. You are not leaving your friends. You aren’t leaving home. You’ve watched your […]

…on Graduating

Dear Child of My Heart You are moving on. I see it in your eyes and hear it in your voice when you talk of the your school, your classmates, your teachers… That is your past.  You are looking to your future. You are a bit hesitant.  There is teensy bit of sadness at the […]

Our Children

To My Dear Children: A friend got my attention yesterday when she said that parents forget that there are no guarantees of long life. Of course. Although, at a certain age we comprehend our own mortality, we can’t contemplate mortality for our children.  And so we look only to the future. We expect long and […]