I think that the ceremony would have been more exciting if it actually meant that I had completed the nurse practitioner program. The NP program does not end until August 8th but because graduation is in May, the school encourages us to participate in the ceremony.
The girls seemed to somewhat understand what was going on and Isabella said, "Oh great, you're finished with school!" Well, technically not yet.
We took Clark to a babysitter, and Jason, the girls and Lytle all sat through the almost 3 hr ceremony. Apparently the girls were so well behaved that they received several compliments from people behind them after the ceremony.
Jason and Lytle gave the ceremony 2 thumbs up but if it hadn't been for Laura Bush's absolutely jaw dropping, inspirational, tearjerker speech I would have wanted my money back :). Her speech was amazing.
She spoke about her years growing up in Midland, Texas. She talked about her time as a school teacher in the poorest part of Houston when she was in her early 20's. She decided that she would take a handful of students to AstroWorld, an amusement park, at the end of the school year. These children had nothing and were so excited about the trip. When she arrived at the last little boy's home, he answered the door in his underwear and was obviously not ready to join them. Mrs. Bush said she called out for his mother several times from the front door but that no one came. She could hear adult voices in the background but no one bothered to come to the door. She had no choice but to leave the little boy at home. She says she still remembers his face, this little boy- standing in his underwear and watching the van as it drove away. She thinks of him and wonders what became of him, etc. She vowed from that point on to do more to serve others.
She spoke about her own graduation ceremony at The University of Texas at Austin, where George Bush, Sr. was the keynote speaker- someone she did not know much about at the time. But, overall- the theme of her speech was service. She spoke about how serving others is the only thing in life that gives us meaning and purpose. Her speech was eloquent and sincere. She spoke from the heart and articulated her life experiences in a way that hopefully I will not forget for a very long time.
It was fun to participate in the ceremony with a few of my most favorite people in the NP program. These girls and I have worked on several projects together and have come to really love each other. They are a wonderful group of women who will go on to do great things in their profession.
The last semester of school begins next week. I am looking forward to August 8th with much anticipation. It feels good to finally be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.