When you have two graduate from college, it is more like a double punch when you lose your breath and your knees are on the ground. Thank goodness it wasn’t triplets. It has taken me a long time to collect my thoughts as they have been scattered all over Pennsylvania in five different hotels, two cars, countless restaurants and among lots of people, including one set of grandparents. And as quickly as we all came together as a family we are all quickly scattering apart. I can now honestly say that we don’t know when or where the four of us will be together again. That is a hard concept for me to grasp. Ok, all you pragmatics out there. I know that is life. It just didn’t hit me until recently. I know this is what we prepared our kids for, but no one prepared ME. It will take awhile to fill you in on all that transpired since April 27th but I won’t bombard you with the nitty gritty in just one post. I plan on savoring the memories- slowly, but with gusto. Like eating a dark chocolate hazlenut truffle in 4 bites, instead of two.
The truth is that it took 21 years to get to this point. Many good years, lots of tough times and struggles, but yes, the kids are OK. And I am soooo proud of them. Not only do they now have degrees the best part is seeing what they have become. Yes, I know they are still BE coming but that won’t change their drive and their kindness and their pride in who they are. They have all the tools of what I think success is and they have the tenacity to see it through. One speaks Chinese and charms people, in addition to being an accomplished guitarist and outdoorsman. The other conquers numbers and solves problems and never takes no for an answer. She also is an avid runner and tennis player. They are both excellent skiers. And thank goodness, they both can cook! Both are BIG thinkers and both believe in this crazy world. And though they are both sooo different, they made it their own way, on separate paths and they did it without killing each other. I think they are even starting to like each other again. Sigh. They are both trying to do what makes them happy in this world and that makes me happy. I forgot to mention that they are both beautiful and perfect. Well, most of the time. One must always have something to aspire to.
Garden Party Cocktails