Milestones ~ Those Rare and Precious Moments in Life
The child progresses from infancy to childhood to adolescence. The grandparent watches in awe and disbelief as all those moments go through a myriad of transitions during the first few decades of a grandchild's life. The moments seem to roll along with a rate of speed much faster than the grandparent can believe.
A Family Milestone: Regan's Graduation
This past month, I attended my oldest granddaughter's graduation from high school. My dear, sweet Regan, a beautiful granddaughter with whom I was never able to spend enough time marked that great milestone in her life: high school graduation.
I flew from Colorado to Utah on Sunday, May 22. My son Ryan, aka Regan's dad, picked me up at the air port. In no time at all, I was in the middle of preparations for Regan's graduation party that would be attended by family. Son Ryan loves to cook, so he jumped right into making a great celebratory meal. Once he and wife Sheridan were in the kitchen, the entire family gathered in this family's favorite gathering place: the kitchen.
|Henry, Regan, Ryan, Sheridan, Parker, & Bridger
At one o'clock in the morning, I received a call from the airline telling me that my bag had arrived in Salt Lake from the trip it had taken to LA. Did I wish to have driver wake me up when he arrived at the house with my bag, or should he leave it on the porch? I said to leave it on the porch.
The next morning we were all off to Weber State College in Ogden, Utah, for Regan's graduation. Her big day had finally arrived.
We were able to capture a quick family photo of Regan with her dad and with Sheridan and Sheridan's boys Henry and Max before we entered the ceremony.
Newly graduated, Regan was hugged by her very proud papa. That girl has always held a great big special spot in her father's heart. What a beauty she has become. She is also one of the sweetest girl's ever. Congratulations, Regan.
After graduation, we all went to lunch at an Ogden favorite, Rooster's. Lunch was hosted by Regan's mom, Stephanie. Regan is surrounded by beautiful women: her mom and her aunt Keicha.
Parker's Milestone: He publishes an article in a magazine.
The article, "The Canyon that Hides It All," is about Logan Canyon. He did an excellent job writing about this beautiful canyon that is near Utah State where he goes to college and near Bear Lake where he spent so much of his childhood at a wonderful home right on the lake that once belonged to his paternal great-grandmother. Parker is working in Bear Lake this summer.
This spunky, good natured, and good hearted young man, ended his second year of college by living in a campground in Logan Canyon. He had a roommate situation that didn't work out at the very end of the semester. It was too late in the semester to find alternative housing, and being the adventuresome young man that he is, he lived in his car and in a campground for the last few weeks of school. During the day, he spent many hours in the library studying. His grades reflected his commitment to study and his hard work. He tells me he is keeping a journal of all of his adventures.
|Home Sweet Home
Parker with Regan's graduation flowers in front of his trusty Subaru.
Graduation from high school is a milestone that marks a juncture in life. It is a turning point.
This grandmother has seen two grandchildren reach that milestone. Next year two more will, God willing, also reach that rite of passage that marks the end of childhood and adolescence and marks the entry into adulthood. I truly don't know where the time goes.