There is something distantly reminiscent when "Pomp and Circumstance" is being played. Over the years, I have mentioned the things I asked of God before I left here. The last one was that I live long enough to see my youngest, Jodi, be able to support herself and her children if she ever had to.
This past Friday was a day I don't think I will ever forget. Joseph, Jordan, Jaidan, Isaac, Isaac's mother (Tina), and I started out early for the morning program and the pinning ceremony. This was also the time that awards were handed out. The first award was a sorority award and the student had to be in the top 5% of the class, treat others with respect, excel in communication with patients, etc. I was really proud when they called Jodi's name. Tina was sitting two seats from me and I asked her for a tissue. We didn't have tissues but we had a cloth from the baby bag.
The second award they gave was the "Jones Excellence Award" where the student had to excel in everything. Even Jodi was stunned when they called her name. By then, I really needed the baby cloth. Tina leaned towards me and asked if she could use the cloth, too. What a wonderful time. I am only so sorry that Mitchell could not be with me, physically, on that day. He worked so hard towards her education.
Jodi graduated from HS with "advanced honors" and graduated Friday "magna cum laude". She is one of those unfortunate people whose GPA is 3.999. Poor baby.
Friday evening was the culmination of years of work. As she walked across the stage to receive her degree, I just cried. And I am so thankful to God that he gave me what I had asked for.
If he decides to call me now, I will not worry about what will be after I am gone. God has assured me that all will be well.
A good friend will bail you out of jail...
but a true friend will be sitting
next to you saying,
"Dâmn... that was fun!".