We started the day with a yummy lunch to meet the girlfriends’ parents, then headed to Kanten’s apartment to rest a bit before the ceremony. From there we added his roommate to our group and headed to the college.
While most of the group headed to find seats We headed to the reception to meet some of Kanten’s fellow graduates and professors. We then parted to find the rest of our group and our seats. That’s when the tears started.
I watched as Kanten entered (with the 700+ graduates) and made his way to his seat. I watched as he searched for us in the sea of proud parents and family members, and then give a nod when his eyes finally came to rest on our frantic waves. I watched as he listened intently as the faculty and guests addressed the crowd, and as he patiently waited for his turn to cross the stage. I watched as he handed the speaker his name and reached out to shake the hands of the professors before him. I watched while he good-naturedly waited for the rest to do the same, and then smile as the President of the college congratulated them and instructed them to switch their tassels. I laughed as the beach balls magically entered the auditorium and one bounced off of his head. But I cried tears of pride as we all sang the school song as we swayed in unison, because all I could see was the cute little kindergartener so many years before in his paper hat and yarn tassel made by his momma.
|Kanten Zayne 2012 OSU Graduate|
|Proud Parents and Sister|
Ok I promised short, but here is a freebie too. I never make my kiddos write like this (they are their own authors), but I thought it might be fun for once and they could create some really silly, funny stories. Here is a copy if you’d like to do it too. We may brainstorm some fun words before they write, or I may just let them come up with their own. You can get it here right now because TpT is not letting us upload because of the amazing sales going on, but the font didn't convert. I will upload to my TpT store later tonight!
On this Teacher Appreciation Week-I just want to say Thank You to all you amazing teachers out there. My kids would not be who they are today without the influence and guidance they received throughout the years from their teachers. I became a teacher not because of the teachers who influenced me, but because of the wonderful teachers my children had in their early years (and later).
We deal with a lot in a year, a semester, and even a day in the classroom, and school- but still we continue. This year has been especially trying in certain areas, but through it all I have had the inspiration from so many of my fellow bloggers (and my bestest teacher buddy) to remind me of why I wanted to be a teacher, and what is truly important-the kids!
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week You are AMAZING!