February 19, 2010

it's been 20 years...

It was a day just for us. Mother and daughter. And even the heavy sky, that was threatening rain, could not keep the joy from the day. To have a summer day off... was unheard of for her. But with her oldest daughter graduating, Bob insisted. The mood of the day was light and fun and full of celebration. I don't recall too many details of the day... but there was lunch... and laughter that such a fancy restaurant would serve potato chips in a bag. And there was conversation and love and more laughter. And a beautiful watch. The one with the diamonds. (Thank you, Bob!)

I think I floated through graduation... with amazement and a smile on my face. But I'm sure no smile rivalled the one of my Mother. Her girl... wearing the gold tassel, and accomplishing another step along the path of life.

These are two of my very favorite pictures in the world. All my growing up, all I ever wanted was to make my Mom happy. And here... her happiness and mine collided in a most beautiful moment of joy and grace.
(sorry this last one is so bad! a scan of a scan...)

Jo's Flashback Friday is all about school today... and while I may not wanna go to school... I'd never pass up a chance to visit Jo!


Jo said...

"All my growing up, all I ever wanted was to make my Mom happy. And here... her happiness and mine collided in a most beautiful moment of joy and grace."
I confess. I got a little sniffly when I read that line.
Just lovely, Dawn. Thanks so much for linking up today!

Rebekah said...

Oh, How sweet is that last picture!

Corinne Cunningham said...

Oh Dawn... That last picture, love it!

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is so special...the memory, the photos, your words.

Erin said...

What a joyful, precious memory. :)

Pam said...

That is so sweet! Look at your smiling face...I love it! : )

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Precious memory. You shared it so beautifully.

Cassie said...

I just love this Flashback Friday idea. I so enjoy reading your remembrances and seeing the photos. I would love to be part of this. Hopefully it will still be going when I get up north where most of my old photgraphs are. Maybe I'll "informally" join in!
Hope you have a great weekend.
ps-Still get a blast from your music. True Colors was one of my old favorites...used to sing that to my old cat,SurpriZe, and he'd roll around on the floor with delight! (I told my then teen son,Ted, that Cyndi Lauper would far outlast Madonna. Good thing I didn't place money on that bet.)

jenn said...

you are SO beautiful on the inside-out! then and now!

missed you ;)!

Unknown said...

I'm a sucker for sentimental memories and pictures. These brought tears to my eyes.

Richella Parham said...

What a wonderful flashback!

I think you have a special mom. Which may be one reason that you ARE such a special mom.

Can you believe it's been twenty years? My gosh, I'm coming up on THIRTY years next year. How on earth did that happen??

Have a great weekend! Love you!

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