Tomorrow El Jefe and I depart for Babs' graduation from college. We'll be gone all weekend, so blogging won't resume until Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. Much of the family is gathering to celebrate with us, so we anticipate a great time together.
This summer Babs will be at home and has a job lined up for the summer. Then she will join Portia at UT/Austin where she will pursue a master's degree in counseling while Portia finishes law school.
Graduation ceremonies help us acknowledge and assimilate changes in our lives. As El Jefe has often remarked " He who denies ceremony denies memory." Neither El Jefe nor I attended our own college graduations, because our colleges closed for a couple of weeks before graduation and we had to go home to Texas and couldn't afford to return. We're thrilled that we could attend Portia's graduation and now Babs'.
A few days ago it occured to me that Babs isn't the only one graduating. El Jefe and I are graduating from our roles as parents of college students. This follows all those other graduations from our roles of as parents of preschoolers, elementary, middle and high schoolers. As Dolly Parton says "Time marches on, and it's marching all over your face."
And thus we all move to another stage in the life of our family. Congratulations, Babs! You and Portia are the best daughters anyone could have.