This evening my first grandchild, Maggie, graduates from high school.
If you read Grandma’s Letters from Africa, you’ll remember Maggie, that little babe I wrote letters to from Africa.
She’s all grown up now. How can that be?
The words of Sunrise, Sunset tread softly in my mind and heart, and I change a few words for Maggie:
Is this the little girl I carried?
I don’t remember getting older, when did she?
When did she get to be a beauty?
When did she grow to be so tall?
Wasn’t it yesterday when she was small?
What words of wisdom can I give her? How can I help to ease her way?
Swiftly flow the days.
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers,
Blossoming even as we gaze.
(adapted from Bock and Harnick’s song in Fiddler on the Roof)
Graduation: a successful completion.
But we also call the ceremony a “commencement,” a beginning, a start, a launch.
However we define it, it’s a major turning point in life.
What do you remember about your high school graduation? Or your children’s graduation?
What vignettes can you write to entertain your memoir’s readers?
Does or did your family have traditions surrounding graduations?
What wisdom can you pass on to your readers about completion and new beginnings?
What stories can you tell to help ease their way?
Be sure to include photos! They can be priceless.