Four of our eight grandchildren have now graduated from high school. It doesn't seem that long ago that we only had one and she was a tiny baby. These events always cause one the think back to their own graduation (in my case 55 years ago) and think of all the changes that have occurred since then, and then wonder what shifts and innovations these kids will see. They didn't have a Jumbotron when my class departed high school.
Most of our family gatherings have been at our place or in a neutral locale so it is fun to see one of our kids in their now native habitat with their own friends and lives. It was great to have much of our family together, too, although Ron, Ty, Scott and Steven were sorely missed. Unfortunately, the workaday life goes on in spite of such milestone events, and we find as the grandchildren become adults, it is more and more difficult to gather the group especially working around jobs. Even Jessi had to leave shortly after her own party yesterday for her job at the In-and-Out Burger joint. But we all appreciated the trip made by her Great Aunt Harriet and Great Uncle Ken to join in the festivities.
And the journey continues. Jessi seems very ready to put high school behind her and head off to her next adventure at the University of Alabama. And like most things in life, the pace of graduations for us will speed up: in three years, Steven and Sophie, Jack the year following, and Elliot in another three. Then done. Soon they will each have their own lives, friends, and families in scattered places. You just can't hang on to them as you'd like to.
Some random thoughts about writing, camping, and eating.