As I sit and reflect upon your recent commencement ceremony, I can’t help but feel “ambivalently nostalgic.” I am happy for you and proud of you. I am also a little bit sad (for me?) about the blur that is the past eighteen years. Although I know full well where it went — after all, I’ve been an active participant — I sit here and ask myself, “where did it go?”
Where is that eagerly-awaited, beautiful baby girl?
Where is that toddler that I dragged everywhere with me?
Where is that little girl who made every day a new adventure?
Where are the school plays, spelling bees, band concerts, and field trips?
Where are the basketball, softball, soccer, and volleyball games?
Wasn’t your freshman year just yesterday?
Invariably, I know the answers to all those questions. You’re still the same kid, just older, wiser, and ready to set out on a new adventure.
Good luck, baby girl. Work hard, stay positive, and good things will happen. I wish you every happiness and every success that life has to offer. Create your future… make it how you want it to be. I love you, Juju.