The Graduate

Lady Ali graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English in the Literature Track. She is only 20 years old and worked almost the whole time in school full time. She owns her own car, and lives in a nice apartment. She has a good job and her supervisors and co-workers like her. She has nice friends and keeps in touch with them and often helps them out. She comes home to me when she can and keeps in touch with me and her sister. Peanut looks up to her and just adores her. She has a very sweet boyfriend who is respectful.

Yes my daughter is awesome. It hasn’t always been this way. There’s been many tears shed over years of rebellion and stupid choices. But haven’t we all done that? She’s grown so much from everything. The great thing about her is that she learns from her mistakes so I don’t see her making the same ones again and again.

I know that she’ll be making a lot of decisions in the coming year concerning graduate school and where she’ll live. Although I have a strong suspicion that she won’t be close to home much longer I’m happy for her.

Now as I promised, here’s a short re-cap of the graduation weekend:

The graduation ceremony was nice. We all assumed it wouldn’t be crowded since it was held in December – wrong! We ended up at the very top of the arena, the nosebleed section. We needed binoculars to see her, but they had a big screen to show the people on the stage and then the graduates as they made their way across the stage.

After the ceremony, we went back to her apartment so she could change. We had no idea when the ceremony would end so we didn’t make any dinner reservations. We tried a few places to eat and they all had long wait lists. We realized no matter where we’d go it would be the same, so she chose Carrabba’s. We had a nice but late dinner.

The next day we met for lunch with some more family. Then we headed off to ICE at Gaylord Palms. I hate to say this but this was awful. We waited over 2 hours in line. When we got in it felt like it took five minutes to go through the place. We were very disappointed. We had more fun in line, laughing and joking around than inside.

Then Lady Ali, her boyfriend, Peanut and Hubby went ice skating. They had a ball with that and wished they did that all night instead of ICE. It was about 10 PM by the time we left. We were all exhausted but had promised Peanut that we’d go out to dinner for her birthday which was that coming Monday. So off we went.

We found a steak place close by and no waiting! We had a quick dinner, her cake and then she got to open her presents. Being all together for her birthday was really what Peanut wanted.

All in all even with some issues that were beyond our control, we had a blast! Lady Ali even called on Monday to tell me thank you. I cried a lot that weekend. And that phone call made me cry a little more.

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Connie Roberts

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Living in the Tampa Bay area, I'm lucky enough to see beautiful sunsets almost every day. Although life can be difficult at times, focusing on the positive and being with my family is what gets me through.

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