I went to my “niece’s” high school graduation party yesterday. Her Dad and my baby brother have been best friends since grammar school and so I was the big sister to both. Over the years we have all celebrated weddings and births together; we have comforted one another in hospital corridors and at funerals; and we have marked the milestones together as we watch our children grow.
Many of the graduate’s friends were at the party and I had an exceptionally wonderful time meeting them and getting to know them. They are all off to colleges such as Temple, St. Johns, Northeastern, FIT or BU. They will be studying to be a special ed teacher, a sports psychologist, a healthcare coordinator and a doctor. They talked about living in Philadelphia or Chicago or Boston with anticipation.
Future force to be reckoned with in the fashion industryThey have all spent the four years of high school together. Many of them have known each other since early childhood. They all have jobs that they have worked since they were old enough. Many of them work a second job during the summer at one of the many Jersey Shore attractions. Speaking of the Jersey Shore, what a shame these kids won’t get a reality show in place of asshats famous for their muscles or their ability to crash cars while drinking.
I had so much fun talking to them about life and politics and religion and sports and a million other things. They are all so engaged in the world around them and beyond them.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams
~ Eleanor Roosevelt