“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” ― Mary Oliver
I love this graduation video segment, an annual tradition on NBC Nightly News. It is such a special time of year for so many families as kids graduate high school and college, so inspired and eager to go out and become what they are meant to be!
Maybe because I’m in that space now, almost in the middle – equidistant from when I graduated from college to when my own kids will graduate… The video montage brings back my graduation memories (see yours truly at right, graduating from Northwestern University 16 years ago!) while previewing parental milestones that seem distant, but will be here before I know it.
How is it possible to be nostalgic for the past while feeling nostalgia about something that hasn’t even happened yet?! These are the thoughts stirring in my mind as I watch the video and think about my girls; one graduating pre-K and the other headed into second grade next fall.
“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” – Emily Dickinson