Saturday, after what seemed like only a year from first dropping him off at preschool, my son Sam graduated from Mathews High School.
When the first of only two grandchildren in the Vogel family graduates, we make sure to celebrate appropriately. Middle Sis flew in from Georgia, and Baby Sis came from Richmond.
|My mother is the only one of our immediate family who did not graduate from |
Mathews High School; she went to Gloucester High.
Mathews was originally part of Gloucester.
So that's close enough.
|There might be one person in this bunch who is starting to feel some separation anxiety.|
But she's also very happy.
|L to R, representing MHS classes of 1984, 2014, 1982 and 1988.|
|Emily Brown, who I want to adopt as my own, was co-valedictorian. |
Her father informed me they weren't ready to give her up for adoption just yet.
But I still keep asking.
|My Two Sams|
Sam Vogel graduated from Mathews High in 1958.
|If only her parents would let me adopt her, I could call this a family photo.|
Emily has a very bright future ahead and will attend University of California, Berkeley.
The ingredients list for the recipe of my emotions, now that graduation is over, is complex.
I am grateful, honored, proud, relieved, humbled, privileged, happy, sad, scared, exhausted--lots of things.
Most of all, I am grateful.
I don't take anything for granted and am extremely grateful we all made it to this point.
Next stop, college.