May 22, 2023

“I will always show you where to go.  I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places—
    firm muscles, strong bones. You’ll be like a well-watered garden,   a gurgling spring that never runs dry.~ Isaiah 58:11 The Message

Our oldest grandchild, Lily, and our youngest granddaughter, Marie-Hélène graduate within 23 days of each other. Yesterday morning we attended Marie-Hélène’s graduation from kindergarten in Bowie, MD. At the same time, Lily participated in her high school’s award ceremony in Mechanicsville, VA, and will graduate on June 17.

Marie-Hélène’s teacher asked the children to wear their Sunday best. That meant she got to wear the “high” heels she purchased with her own money at a second-hand store for the first time to school. I’d have broken an ankle in them, while she walks with confidence like a model on a runway. Go figure. Lily wore her cap and gown which brought tears to my eyes as preparation for the real deal in June.

Marie-Hélène with her Papa and Daddy

Lily with her Dad

It’s been a tender-hearted season, with the tune and words of Sunrise, Sunset, frequently on my mind’s playlist. The school principal noted that this is the first complete academic year since 2018-2019 due to COVID. I’m aware of the precious and so precarious nature of life and moments like today take on a sacredness because of they are not guaranteed. Isaiah 58:11 seems as fitting a verse as possible for our beloved children and for ourselves.

With thanks to the God. ~ Anne

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