It just seemed that these last 4 years went very quickly. At each commencement, I think about where my child was when they started college and where they are now as they are about to embark on this life adventure.
- I've realized that even though you think you're not prepared for the next chapter, all the experiences, all the course work, all the papers, all the late night sessions, were preparation for this moment right now.
- I've realized that every child's college experience is different, but the college experience does not have to be the one we hear about the most. It can be a successful one where you don't party, don't drink, don't experiment sexually yet you come out a well rounded human being. It's not only through frivolity that we learn.
- People have bestowed a special honor on my husband and I for having raised 3 children (so far) who were able to graduate college. I accept the honor, but the greater achievement is that they all know the Lord and He is the guiding force in their lives. I've realized that though my children have graduated from college I still feel ill-equipped to pass on knowledge as to how we did this; parenting is complex.
- I've realized that there are no coincidences in God's plans. We moved to California 8 years ago; but had we not moved I'm not sure that my daughter would have gone to USC. Had we not moved, I'm not sure that we could have afforded USC.
- I've realized that even though the monetary value of college is sometimes questioned, that the greater value is in seeing your children grow before your eyes. It is a pleasure (and sometimes a pain) to hear them expressed well formed thoughts that stemmed from classroom knowledge combined with their experiences and shaped by their character.
- I've realized that I've enjoyed most commencement speeches, though a year from now I won't remember all the details. This year I was left with 3 equations from Mellody Hobson:
- hard-work + bravery = success
- imagination + bravery = creativity
- love+bravery = happiness
- I've realized that I'm just freaking proud of my children.
Commencement means beginning, but it also signifies the end of something. It's never too late to begin again.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5, 6
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love the Lord, to them who are called according to his promise. Romans 8:28"For just as the new heavens and the new earth which I make will endure before Me," declares the LORD, "So your offspring and your name will endure." - Isaiah 66:22