Yesterday was the graduation ceremony for my Daughter. The gold medallion on the white ribbon is her honors medal. She had not bothered to tell us she was graduating with honors… being a fairly reserved person and a bit modest. The colored strand is Golden Key? or some such honors society thing.
Here she is approaching the microphone to give her comments to the audience. The ‘scroll’ in her hands was various described as a “Guilt List” and as a “Gilt List”. Spelled out so we could not mistake one for the other… The tradition began as a Guilt List of all the fine works the students OUGHT to have read… and was just a year or two back rechristened as a Gilt List of all the golden works one would now benefit from / enjoy and treasure. I’ve only glanced at it, as the type was small and the list is long ;-)
She is now “working on that great novel”… or some such. (It seems to be what Fine Arts and English majors are expected to do…)
Like her brother, she is thinking of getting an advanced degree, but only after spending some time away from school. For both of them, graduation was the first time since “preschool” at about 4? years old that they were not in school. (Other than summer vacations…)
We are doing a lot of “family things” right now (as the son is visiting for this event too) so I’m being a bit “driven” and unable to participate with the blog as much as usual. Simply put: My daughter and her day take priority.
We are all beaming and happy. Another day “on the cusp of the future”, full of potential and a positive beginning, along with an end to a long work.
With that, get out there and enjoy your day and this life. As I’ve said to my kids, many times: “This life is not a dress rehearsal! Take big bites!” That’s what we’re doing ;-)