Cassidy’s Graduation

Well, it’s official. Our little girl is a High School graduate. Where did the time go? It seemed like only yesterday she was riding in her car seat playing pattycake with Shannon. I admit I knew this day was coming. I just didn’t think it would get here this fast.

   The graduation event started at Kerry’s house for pictures. It was fun to watch her get pictures with all the different family members. Cassidy looked so beautiful in her graduation cap and gown. It was so pleasing to see her with just a few of the many people who are proud of her and love her. It was especially heartwarming to see her with Brittney and sweet little Jayci. It filled my heart with so much pride and happiness.

   We arrived at the gym and found the best place to see Cassidy. As the graduating class entered the gym to find their seats, I was proud to see some of the adopted granddaughters. They are all terrific young ladies and I’m grateful for the bond of friendship they have with each other. I am so proud of all of them and I know they are going to accomplish any goals they have set for themselves. I watched as the rest of the students walked past the audience to find their seats. I thought about all the family members that were there to support them, and how proud they must be. We truly do have a fine group of young men and women in our community.

   It was interesting to watch as they had different students stand up for academic achievements and different careers they were pursuing. I was especially moved when they asked for all the students that were enlisting into the military to stand and the extremely loud ovation they received.

   I enjoyed the messages the speakers gave about their gratitude for the school and their teachers. They talked about the friendships they made and the great times they enjoyed. Then they talked about how it is now their turn to go out and make a difference in the world and become the leaders of tomorrow. Now I agree with that 100% but I would just like to add a small note. My message to the rest of the students is simply, “You don’t have to wait until you graduate. You can start making a difference today. You can start by reaching out and helping any student that needs a friend. That is what will help you be the leaders of tomorrow.”

   It was a very heartwarming night filled with love and pride. I know Shannon was filled with happiness and love and she is so proud of Cassidy. We will always LOVE AND MISS YOU sweetheart.


P.S. I would love to give Cassidy first place for the decorations on her cap, but that award goes to the Jensen kid who had a John Deere tractor hooked to a potato.