What a year this has been for my beautiful girl. But promise and hope are bright on the horizon as she moves into the next phase of her journey. Her high school graduation ceremony was today. I was quite surprised at how overcome with emotion I was. I was expecting to be excited and happy and to feel my heart bursting with pride...all of which happened. But I was also fighting back tears of pure joy and relief that my darling has made it through this dark year. I literally could not keep my eyes dry, although did manage to refrain from descending into full fledged weeping! She was also struggling not to cry, especially while listening to the guest speaker. The guest speaker was a grade 11 student from her school who had broken his back in a skiing accident earlier this year and lost the use of both legs, and partial use of his arms. He spoke about his accident and his disability with grace, optimism and humour. What an amazing spirit. The entire ceremony was inspiring.
Here are a few photos of our gorgeous graduate...
First things first - the prom dress!
Heading up to the stage:
Receiving her diploma (unfortunately it came out blurred):
The diploma (I've blurred out her name in case wondering what is that blob in the middle):
Proud papa and his little girl:
Could we be any happier?? (I don't think so!):