Tentatively, at first but with a look of pride and amusement all wrapped into one. "How did I get here, Momma?"
And then came the recognition. "There you are, Mom and Dad! Thank goodness I understand that no matter where I go, I can always look up and know that you are there."
And then, out of the hundreds of people who were graduating that day, our little angel smiled. Not a shy or hesitant smile, but the smile that can break our hearts and I was struck with the realization that she has grown confident enough to use her wings.
And once again, her enthusiasm for life exploded into pure joy.
All the while looking up into the stands to make sure that she could still see her dad and I. "Can you guys believe that I have made it this far?"
Yes, honey, we can. And we always knew, even during the tryingest of times, that you would make it to this day and well beyond. Now be sure to keep those sunglasses because, as the saying goes, Your future's so bright that you've got to wear shades!
Fly, baby, fly...