Sunday, June 3, 2012

My Niece Graduated!

My niece graduated from high school.  Here is a picture of her with my kids.

She is a beautiful, intelligent, funny young woman.  I have loved watching her grow and change.  It seems like the biggest changes have come along in the last year.  She is preparing to go to college, but I find myself thinking of the day she was born.

I was 16.  She was going to be my first niece.  I got the phone call from my sister while I was working at the Dari-Ette.  I loved that job.  I could eat all the ice cream I wanted.  That particular day I was hanging letters on the sign out front.  My boss told me I had to finish the sign before I could leave.  I was so anxious, I just wanted to get out of there so I didn't miss it.  Finally I left and went to the hospital.  It turns out that she was breech and they decided on a c-section.  So I waited in the waiting room with the rest of our family.  I saw her dad through the window as he came to tell us the news.  He made a triumphant fist and shouted, "Yes!"  When I looked at her for the first time, she was very pink and very round-faced.  Her lips were bright red and she was the cutest baby I'd ever seen. 

When I went off to college a couple of years later, I missed her.  Now she's going to college, and I will miss her again. 

I'm so proud of her, happy for her, and excited to watch her life unfold.



Ms. Moon said...

And so it goes...

Erin said...

Yay! I love this kid. I really can't believe she's going to college. I mean, she'll do great but am I really old enough to have a kid bound for college in 2 months??