Monday, June 27, 2011

Class of 2011


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.

My girl
The graduate
Future force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry

They 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

19 comments:

Linda said...

Congratulations to your "niece" on her graduation and best wishes to her for all of her future plans!

CrystalChick said...

All good wishes to your niece and the class of 2011! Glad you had a nice time at the party.
My son graduated too... hopefully, if my internet connection doesn't go wiggy again, I'll get the pics up very soon.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, yes! Congratulations to your "niece" and sending all my very best wishes for a wonderful, successful future!

Sylvia

Ron said...

A HUGE congrats to your niece, Dianne!

OMG...she's BEAUTIFUL!

This post brought back so many wonderful memories for me and my own HS graduation. In fact, our HS cap and gowns were the same colors - Gold and Blue. My senior year was by far the best year I ever had in HS.

I bet they all LOVED talking to you during the party!

Have great day, dear lady!

Hugs to you and Hope!

X

Tracy said...

Aww, that's really sweet!
Good for her and ALL the kids...I think we don't give the 'good' kids enough credit and focus.
Have a great day!

Jackie said...

Your niece is a very beautiful girl!

Leaving school and getting ready for uni seems like such a long time ago (well it was such a long time ago!) - I envy her the amazing adventures that await her.

Reb said...

Congratulations to your "niece". It is good to hear that there are young adults out there that are smart and grounded and think beyond tomorrow.

Knight said...

How exciting. The world suddenly open with opportunity and smart wide eyed kids have it for the taking.

HermanTurnip said...

Congrats all around! Here's hoping that they'll be able to score summer jobs. And tell them that there's no hurry to finish college. The "five year plan" seems to work the best! :-)

Jay said...

Oh what I would give to be able to go back to when I was 18 and start over.

Linda Reeder said...

What a positive and uplifting post. It's good to know that there are young people out there who have such purpose and drive. Congratulations to them all.

DJan said...

What an uplifting post. Sometimes I worry about the next generation of kids, and then I read something like this and realize that there are plenty of motivated and talented people out there. And yes, she is just beautiful.

Daryl said...

She's gorgeous and I am sure she will go far!

Granny Annie said...

It is indeed a special moment when our loved ones make that walk. You have every reason to be proud of your niece and all of her dreams.

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

YA for your niece...and all her friends and for not being the a**hats on that stupid TV show

Au and Target said...

Sounds like fun. And that grad picture is amazing.

jabblog said...

Wonderful - what a pretty girl your 'niece' is:-) I love the Eleanor Roosevelt quote, too.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I LOVE that quote from Eleanor Roosevelt....It is GREAT that all these young people have dreams and are going to continue on a path towards realizing them....It gives one hope to hear about them! Your niece looks so very grown up!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Its so great to hear about the good kids! I know there are so many of them out there, but you wouldn't know it from the media.