Little did I know then, that nearly 28 years later I would be standing in the exact same room, once again lit only by candles, preparing for yet another sorority ceremony. This time, our baby girl - just barely 21 years old and only moments after receiving her hood, MBA, and BS degrees (magma cum laude), would present me with the Zeta Mother's Pin and... the following letter:
People always ask me, "Is that your mom?!"
I have come to get used to this question. Whether you are dressed in a crazy costume for the kids at church, e-mailing your blog to all my friends, or telling the President (of Wesleyan College) my life story -- your energy and positive attitude always bring people together -- and leave them wondering who you belong to!
I don't mean to make it sound so terrible! I am always proud to say, "That's my mom." When you amaze all those who know you with your strength and grace when faced with life's hardest struggles. I would like to tell you that I am proud to be your daughter; I am proud you are my mom.
Graduation has made me think about what I want to do and who I want to be in this new life. I want to be just like my mom. I admire so much your approach to adversity with a strong trust in God and confidence; I admire how your writing is an inspiration and blessing to everyone. I have always looked up to you, and today - like any other day, I am proud to be your daughter!"
But hey... this day, Caity's college graduation AND Mother's Day, well... (sniffle, sniffle)... well, you know what I mean,... right?
".....28Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her." Proverbs 31