Saturday, surrounded by family and dear family friends, David, Joey and I watched as Meghan marched across the stage at Bud Walton arena and accepted her college diploma. When she began kindergarten, I never dreamed that this day would ever come. I mean, I knew it would come due to her love of learning and school (she used to cry when she'd get sick and had to miss school, telling us that she felt fine, despite hacking coughs and fevers), but the speed in which that day came took me by complete surprise. I was dry-eyed and excited (and yes, a little bored. Just a smidge.) sitting next to David and my mom, but then when the procession began and that darned "Pomp & Circumstance" started playing and all the graduates began to file out, it felt like someone sucker punched me right in the gut, and the tears began pouring down my face. David squeezed my hand and my best friend rubbed my back, offering me her handkerchief and Mom rubbed my leg.
Geeze, I didn't think I was going to be like that!
I recovered in time to shriek in excitement and cheer when Meghan's name was announced and she gave the dean of her college her big ol' Merry Meg grin as she took her diploma from him and stopped to pose for the photographer. She looked calm and collected and like she did this every day. She received her B.A.'s in Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations, as well as double minors in Arabic and political science, and plans on being either a translator or an interpreter for the U.S. State Department or for the Department of Homeland Security. For the time being, she will continue working at the teacher's store where she's had a job for the past couple years while she continues putting out applications.
As if graduating a whole semester early wasn't enough, Meghan also turned 22 Saturday, which just made the day that more special. We had a small open house filled with family and friends, friends that have watched Meghan grow up since we moved here 10 years ago. It was a day filled with celebration and laughter and love and completion. David and I could not be more proud of our girl for all that she's accomplished and for all the joy she's given us these last 22 years.
And not once did I see Meghan where she wasn't wearing an ear-to-ear grin the entire day.