Thursday, May 29, 2014
Close to Nowhere
It’s finally graduation
County graduations are somewhat later this year than in previous years. Potts Camp and Byhalia, along with H.W. Byers, will have graduation Saturday, May 31, at the Northwest auditorium in Senatobia.
I don’t know anyone at Byers, but Potts Camp is the school my granddaughters attend and Byhalia is where Robin, one of my oldest granddaughter’s best friends (more like family) attends and will be graduating from this year.
Grace (another more family than friend), graduated from Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tenn., May 25.
I missed Grace’s graduation as I had to drive to Little Rock for great-niece Emily’s graduation from Joe T. Washington High School.
Meredith and Emily are about three weeks apart in age and have been very close all their lives. Meredith had volunteered to babysit without checking dates, so she had to stay home with two little girls (fortunately, she adores the little girls and they do her).
Daughter Dana had to work, as did brother Danny, so brother Dennis, youngest granddaughter Remy and I hit the road Saturday.
I have never been to Little Rock when there wasn’t construction at least in two places. Seems like this time, the entire length of Interstate 40 was under construction. It was not an enjoyable drive — most of it was spent stuck in standstill traffic.
Emily’s graduation was at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock — at 4:30 p.m. We had planned on being there at around 2 p.m. Instead, we met the rest of the family at the university at 3:45.
It was well worth the drive. Emily looked beautiful as always as she “walked.” And afterwards, as we met her in the rotunda, as you might guess, I cried like a baby. I did manage not to sob out loud as she received her diploma though.
Remy cried also. No one else did though — just us girls.
We all went to Texas Roadhouse after and had a wonderful time. The food was good and the company was excellent. It was the first time we’d met Emily’s boyfriend and I was happy to be able to like and feel comfortable with him.
I would have cried at Grace’s graduation and probably will when I see her. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to cry at Robin’s ceremony.
But, I think that’s what “stand-in” grandmothers are supposed to do.
These girls are all my granddaughters — maybe not by blood, but by heart!
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