On Saturday afternoon, my husband’s family celebrated the high school graduation of one of our own. My nephew (Kirk’s brother’s son) Jonathan graduated and it was a real celebration.
When I first met Jonathan, he was 5 years old — nearly the age that Ian is now. He was into similar activities that Ian is — loving cars, and playing and just being a little boy. He was the ring bearer at our wedding and looked adorable in his tuxedo.
As we were driving to the graduation, Kirk and I were talking about our wedding and that he was just starting school at that point. Fast-forward 14 years and Jonathan is a fine young man with an exciting life ahead of him.
It is truly amazing how quickly time flies by. We have a lot of memories with Jonathan and his parents and have so enjoyed spending time with them all of these years.
One year we were at the beach together and had a wonderful time. Playing in the sand, making sand castles and sand animals, going to a parade, and eating cheese steak sandwiches are some of the highlights.
Despite the difference in their ages, Jonathan and Ian are buddies and get along very well. They trade toy cars and when Ian was younger, they loved playing together. They still do enjoy talking about trucks and cars.
For graduation this year, Ian decided to give a book to Jonathan about Tonka trucks. This book was given by my sister to my brother’s oldest son, who then passed it along to Ian a few years ago. On his own, Ian decided that he wanted his cousin to have it! What a sweet and caring thing for Ian to do. He knows that Jonathan likes the trucks as much as he does. It is very special to know that this book is still in the family.
Graduation is truly an amazing time in one’s life — both for the graduates and the parents. During the ceremony, I was watching Jonathan’s parents who were beaming with pride as their son received his diploma. They have been great parents to him and have taught him so much!
Since my son hasn’t started school yet, it is hard for me to imagine this feeling. Yet, I know it will be here in no time. Once he starts school, the time will fly. Lord, please help us along that journey!!
The graduation speaker said these words, “No one will care how much you know until they know how much you care.” I really like these words and know they are great advice.
Here are few other graduation quotes that I found online:
“There is a good reason they call these ceremonies “commencement exercises.” Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.” ~Orrin Hatch
“The tassel’s worth the hassle!” ~Author Unknown
“The future lies before you
Like a field of driven snow,
Be careful how you tread it,
For every step will show.”
For those of you graduating this year, whether from high school or college, I hope and pray that you will enjoy the next phase of your life and can look back on your growing up years as a fun time. God Bless!