Today my eldest niece Meagan graduates from high school.
From diapers to high school?
Where have the past 18 1/2 years gone?! You may not understand how crazy this is to me. I still clearly remember (and for me, that's saying a lot) the day Meg was born. I was in 8th grade and got to stay home from school that day because my mom took my sister to the hospital in the night. I remember being up early, just waiting for that phone to ring...to hear whether or not I would get to hold and show off to my friends a baby boy or girl. The questions were answered when the phone rang shortly after 11:16am and my dad and I picked up different phones in the house to hear a baby crying in the background and my mom tell us we had a girl.
Yes, I said "we". Meagan has grown up around so many of us in our family, at different times in her life. Many of us had the privilege of feeding her, snuggling her to sleep at night, changing her diaper (yes, people...that can be a privilege!), putting her on the school bus, having deep conversations with her, and watching her grow into a beautiful, extremely smart, and much-loved young woman. Not only is she my sister's daughter, she is, in a way, part of all of us who helped play a role in raising her.
This day we honor you, my Meg...Happy Graduation Day to you. We are so, so proud of you and know you are going to do so much more in the years to come! Never forget where you came from, and know that you are loved!