This past Friday night was my niece Sophia’s graduation from West Greene High School, the class of ‘23. It was a long but special affair held in the school’s gymnasium, and I was impressed just seeing Sophia and her classmate London (the top two students of their class) sitting apart from their classmates, on the raised platform with the school’s principal and superintendent, among other esteemed faculty.
But when Sophia went to the podium to give her salutatory…. I was blown away. She was kind, eloquent, decisive… she sounded like a real leader.
Here’s a couple photos of Sophia delivering said speech, and with her mom and dad, my sister Shawn and her husband Jim.
As impressed and proud I was to see her on that stage, I wasn’t surprised. I’ve never known someone her age (in her era or mine) work and volunteer and study like Sophia did. She earned that spot at the top, and then some.
Can I share one more thing here before I wrap this up? Way back in August 2011, Shawn & Jim had taken 6 year old Sophia out for a day in the park, the day before her first day of school in the first grade.
I called Sophia to ask if she was excited to start school the next day; she said she was but lamented that summer was over, there were still things she wanted to do.
It tickled me so much I wrote a blog about it, and her mother & mine’s own first days of school, which you can see here: My love-hate relationship with the first day of school
I wrote that I hoped she enjoyed those school days because they’d be over before she knew it, even if she did have 12 years worth to look forward to. How did they fly by so fast? Maybe not for Soph or her mom, but I remember writing that like it was only a couple years ago.