My baby graduated with her Master’s degree in social work this past week. When referring to her, she is now Awesome Mary Clement, MSW. Oooohhhhhh yeah!
I flew up to Chicago on Thursday for Friday’s graduation. The girls stayed with my friend Noelle while Alex was working. I hear they had a blast. Thank you, Noelle!!
Mary and I stayed downtown at the same hotel we stayed in last year. If anyone is going to Chicago, I highly recommend the Hilton Garden Inn. They rock! There’s even a Starbucks in there and they have soymilk!
Friday morning we had to be there at 7:45. Well, she had to be there at 7:45, I just followed along. And froze. OMG – it was cooooold! So much for shorts and flip flops!
Here are some graduation photos. I did not use my flash and realize that I probably should have. Oy.
So, while we were taking photos in the social work building, Mary said she had a gift for me. She took off the red sash that she was wearing and put it around my neck. She had gotten it for me and wore it during her graduation. Then she handed me a bag.
I can tell you that I cried like a baby. A lot. This gift means the world to me. My children mean the world to me. I take no credit for the awesomeness in Mary; that is all from her. I’ve learned a lot in my 22 years as a parent. I’ve failed miserably – a lot – and it took quite a while for me to learn my lessons, but I think I have. This beautiful gift let me know that maybe I’ve learned a lesson or two.
Stay tuned for the rest of my Chicago trip!